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mirage Syllabification: mi·rage
Pronunciation: /məˈräZH/

Definition of mirage in English:


1An optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions, especially the appearance of a sheet of water in a desert or on a hot road caused by the refraction of light from the sky by heated air.
Example sentences
  • The heat rippled watery mirages on the road, teasing my hot hand with illusory coolness.
  • Heading for the desert he attempts the Marathon des Sables, an exhausting and dangerous seven-day test of ability, to see what effect dry heat has on the weather, from mirages to the deadly desert sandstorm that is the haboob.
  • Due to the unpredictability of mirages, these lights can seem to move quickly through the sky and suddenly vanish.
optical illusion, hallucination, phantasmagoria, apparition, fantasy, chimera, vision, figment of the/one's imagination
literary phantasm
1.1Something that appears real or possible but is not in fact so: the notion that the public is pro-business is a mirage
More example sentences
  • Basic services have not been funded and the long promised legislation has proved to be a mirage.
  • The poor might have given him the edge this time, but how happy are they going to be when the promised economic sunshine proves to be a mirage?
  • Democratization in Afghanistan, he believes, is a mirage.


Early 19th century: from French, from se mirer 'be reflected', from Latin mirare 'look at'.

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