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.

Nearby words

  1. lookee,
  2. looker,
  3. looker-on,
  4. lookie-likie,
  5. looking,
  6. looking-glass,
  7. looking-glass self,
  8. lookism,
  9. lookout,
  10. lookout mountain

Origin of looking glass

First recorded in 1520–30

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British Dictionary definitions for looking-glass

looking glass


a mirror, esp a ladies' dressing mirror

adjective looking-glass

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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