looking glass

A looking glass is an object with a surface so reflective that you can see yourself in it — in other words, a mirror. You might check out your reflection in a looking glass before you leave the house in the morning.

Looking glass is a somewhat old-fashioned, literary way to say "mirror." The word glass on its own can mean "mirror" too, coming from a root meaning "to shine." After Lewis Carroll's book "Through the Looking-Glass," was published in 1871, looking glass came to also mean "the opposite of what is normal or expected," like a confusing looking glass world or a mysterious looking glass philosophy.

Definitions of looking glass
  1. noun
    a mirror; usually a ladies' dressing mirror
    synonyms: glass
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    type of:
    polished surface that forms images by reflecting light
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