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looking glass

a mirror made of glass with a metallic or amalgam backing.
the glass used in a mirror.
anything used as a mirror, as highly polished metal or a reflecting surface.
Origin of looking glass
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • His father had taken out the stick from behind the looking-glass.

    The Son of a Servant August Strindberg
  • But the looking-glass did not tell Denys anything of all that.

    The Girls of St. Olave's Mabel Mackintosh
  • It might have been a sea of looking-glass, or lakes melted together in a mirror.

    A Passion in the Desert Honore de Balzac
  • “I want a looking-glass,” said Strange, without a word of preface.

    Mugby Junction Charles Dickens
  • From a nail on the tent pole hung a fragment of looking-glass which Arcoll used for shaving.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • I gave each of them a knife, a looking-glass, and a string of beads.

    Early Australian Voyages John Pinkerton
  • The comparison with a looking-glass self hardly suggests the second element, the imagined judgment, which is quite essential.

  • No genuine expression can be studied by the subject of it in the looking-glass.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
  • I looked at him and he looked at me, and we both looked into a looking-glass in the store window.

    An Unoficial Patriot Helen Gardener
British Dictionary definitions for looking-glass

looking glass

a mirror, esp a ladies' dressing mirror
with normal or familiar circumstances reversed; topsy-turvy: a looking-glass world
Word Origin
sense 2 in allusion to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for looking-glass

1520s, from looking (see look) + glass.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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