miracle

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
mir•a•cle /ˈmɪrəkəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a supernatural or divine event or happening:Jesus performed a number of miracles.
  2. a superb or extraordinary example of something;
    a marvel:It was a miracle that the pilot landed the plane in that snowstorm.
See -mir-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
mir•a•cle  (mirə kəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
  2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
  3. a wonder;
    marvel.
  4. a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality:a miracle of modern acoustics.
  5. See  miracle play. 
  • Latin mīrāculum, equivalent. to mīrā() to wonder at + -culum -cle2
  • Old French miracle)
  • Middle English miracle, miracul ( 1125–75


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

miracle /ˈmɪrəkəl/ n
  1. an event that is contrary to the established laws of nature and attributed to a supernatural cause
  2. any amazing or wonderful event
  3. a person or thing that is a marvellous example of something: the bridge was a miracle of engineering
  4. short for miracle play
  5. (modifier) being or seeming a miracle: a miracle cure
Etymology: 12th Century: from Latin mīrāculum, from mīrārī to wonder at



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