from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God.
  • noun One that excites admiring awe; a wonderful or amazing event, act, person, or thing. synonym: wonder.
  • noun A miracle play.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To work wonders or miracles.
  • To make wonderful.
  • noun A wonder, or a wonderful thing; something that excites admiration or astonishment.
  • noun An effect in nature not attributable to any of the recognized operations of nature nor to the act of man, but indicative of superhuman power, and serving as a sign or witness thereof; a wonderful work, manifesting a power superior to the ordinary forces of nature.
  • noun A miraculous story; a legend.
  • noun In the middle ages, one of a class of spectacles or dramatic representations exhibiting the lives of the saints or other sacred subjects; a miracle-play, somewhat resembling that still held at Oberammergau in Bavaria. Compare myatery, 4.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A wonder or wonderful thing.
  • noun An event or effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event, or one transcending the ordinary laws by which the universe is governed.
  • noun A miracle play.
  • noun obsolete A story or legend abounding in miracles.
  • noun an impostor who pretends to work miracles.
  • noun one of the old dramatic entertainments founded on legends of saints and martyrs or (see 2d Mystery, 2) on events related in the Bible.
  • transitive verb obsolete To make wonderful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A wonderful event occurring in the physical world attributed to supernatural powers.
  • noun A fortunate outcome that prevails despite overwhelming odds against it
  • noun An awesome and exceptional example of something

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent
  • noun any amazing or wonderful occurrence


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mīrāculum, from mīrārī, to wonder at, from mīrus, wonderful; see smei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French miracle, from Latin mīrāculum ("object of wonder"), from mīror ("to wonder at"), from mīrus ("wonderful"), from Proto-Indo-European *smei-, *mei- (“to smile, to be astonished”).


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