looking glass

  1. a mirror made of glass with a metallic or amalgam backing.
  2. the glass used in a mirror.
  3. anything used as a mirror, as highly polished metal or a reflecting surface.

Origin of looking glass

First recorded in 1520–30
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Contemporary Examples of looking-glass

Historical Examples of looking-glass

  • Besides (she angrily told her looking-glass), she didn't want to be forgiven.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • In a large number of stories the magic mirror is not a looking-glass at all.


    Benjamin Taylor

  • She stopped before a looking-glass, annoyed at seeing herself so flushed.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • And, by twisting herself about in front of a looking-glass, she ended by catching a glimpse of it.


    Emile Zola

  • Eric propped the letter against his looking-glass, as he began to dress.

British Dictionary definitions for looking-glass

looking glass

  1. a mirror, esp a ladies' dressing mirror
adjective looking-glass
  1. with normal or familiar circumstances reversed; topsy-turvya looking-glass world

Word Origin for looking glass

sense 2 in allusion to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass
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Word Origin and History for looking-glass

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

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