miracle etymology

English word miracle comes from Proto-Indo-European *smei-, Proto-Italic *smeiros, and later Latin mirus (Wonderful, marvelous, amazing, surprising, awesome.)

Detailed word origin of miracle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*smei- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to smear, stroke, wipe, rub
*smeiros Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
mirus English (eng)
mirus Latin (lat) Wonderful, marvelous, amazing, surprising, awesome.
miror Latin (lat) (transitive) I am astonished at, marvel at, admire, am amazed at, wonder at.
miraculum Latin (lat) Wonder, marvel, miracle; a wonderful, strange or marvellous thing.. Wonderfulness, marvellousness.
miracle Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Miracle.
miracle English (eng) (transitive) To affect by a miracle; to work a miracle upon. A fortunate outcome that prevails despite overwhelming odds against it.. An awesome and exceptional example of something. An event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin.

Words with the same origin as miracle

Descendants of *smei-
admirable admiration admire marvel marvellous miraculous mirage mirror