Definition of mirage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪrɑːʒ//
    , BrE//mɪˈrɑːʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈrɑːʒ//
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  1. 1an effect caused by hot air in deserts or on roads, that makes you think you can see something, such as water, which is not there
  2. 2a hope or wish that you cannot make happen because it is not realistic synonym illusion His idea of love was a mirage.
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from French, from se mirer ‘be reflected’, from Latin mirare ‘look at’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mirage