noun \ˈmär-bəl\

: a kind of stone that is often polished and used in buildings and statues

: a little glass ball used in some children's games

marbles : a children's game played with little glass balls

Full Definition of MARBLE

a :  limestone that is more or less crystallized by metamorphism, that ranges from granular to compact in texture, that is capable of taking a high polish, and that is used especially in architecture and sculpture
b :  something (as a piece of sculpture) composed of or made from marble
c :  something suggesting marble (as in hardness, coldness, or smoothness) <a heart of marble>
a :  a little ball made of a hard substance (as glass) and used in various games
b plural but sing in constr :  any of several games played with these little balls
c plural :  the rewards to be won in competition especially for a championship —used in the phrase all the marbles <a game being played for all the marbles>
:  marbling
plural :  elements of common sense; especially :  sanity <persons who are born without all their marbles — Arthur Miller>
marble adjective

Examples of MARBLE

  1. The statue is made of marble.
  2. I love to play with marbles.

Origin of MARBLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros
First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with MARBLE


mar·bledmar·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of MARBLE

transitive verb
:  to give a veined or mottled appearance to <marble the edges of a book>

Examples of MARBLE

  1. <marble the paper with several different dyes to get a striking effect>

First Known Use of MARBLE



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Granular limestone or dolomite that has recrystallized under the influence of heat, pressure, and aqueous solutions. The main mineral in marble is calcite. Commercially, “marble” includes all decorative calcium-rich rocks that can be polished, as well as some serpentines. Marbles are used principally for buildings and monuments, interior decoration, statuary, tabletops, and novelties. Colour and appearance are their most important qualities. Statuary marble, the most valuable variety, must be pure white and of uniform grain size.


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