mar·​ble | \ ˈmär-bəl How to pronounce marble (audio) \

Definition of marble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 (such 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
2a : a little ball made of a hard substance (such as glass) and used in various games
b marbles plural in form but singular in construction : any of several games played with these little balls
c marbles plural : the rewards to be won in competition especially for a championship used in the phrase all the marblesa game being played for all the marbles
4 marbles plural : elements of common sense especially : sanity persons who are born without all their marbles— Arthur Miller


marbled; marbling\ ˈmär-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce marbling (audio) \

Definition of marble (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a veined or mottled appearance to marble the edges of a book

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marble adjective

Examples of marble in a Sentence

Noun The statue is made of marble. I love to play with marbles. Verb marble the paper with several different dyes to get a striking effect
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After protesters toppled a towering statue of Christopher Columbus and dumped it into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a group of Italian Americans organized to fish the marble chunks out of the water. Talia Richman,, "Baltimore gives destroyed Columbus statue back to Italian American organization that donated it," 1 Sep. 2020 On the left of the entry way is the Adagio Lounge, outfitted with a self-playing grand piano, a bar offering craft cocktails that tie back to songs and a marble, wood-burning fireplace. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "After delays and cost overruns, Carmel's Hotel Carmichael opens Thursday. Look inside.," 27 Aug. 2020 The primary suite includes a luxury bathroom with white marble counters and a walk-in closet. Dallas News, "Firm retains lead in Park Cities sales, per MLS statistics," 23 Aug. 2020 The gray stools draw attention to the the veins of the marble. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "This Monochromatic Houston Home Has Sky-High Architectural Ambitions," 14 Aug. 2020 New tables have been fabricated using the same kind of marble that lines the diner counter, lending some continuity. Ian Mcnulty,, "Camellia Grill reopens with outdoor seating to keep the classic New Orleans diner going," 11 Aug. 2020 Ever read about how Michelangelo claimed to be able to see angels asking to be set free from inside those big hunks of marble? Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Lil Baby’s inside voice is the sound of a restless American summer," 5 Aug. 2020 From grand hotels with acres of marble to discreet design-forward bolt-holes, travelers have their pick — but there are, of course, the standouts. Chloe Sachdev, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 5 Hotels in Rome," 8 July 2020 He should not be honored with a bronze statue 19 feet tall, surrounded by a colonnade of white marble. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Direct descendant calls for Thomas Jefferson to be removed and replaced with Harriet Tubman at DC memorial," 6 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The intact clam was quarter-sized, its ivory shell marbled with brown and purplish lines. Ian James,, "How a trickle of water is breathing life into the parched Colorado River Delta," 19 Apr. 2020 Seddon regularly updated O’Keefe about the operation against the Michigan teachers’ union, according to internal Project Veritas e-mails, where the language of the group’s leaders is marbled with spy jargon. Adam Goldman,, "Erik Prince recruits ex-spies to help infiltrate liberal groups," 7 Mar. 2020 And the jeweler added Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to that list this week, supplying her with a pair of Cartier C Décor marbled white Buffalo horn sunglasses valued at over $2,500. Branden Hunter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit rapper raises money to buy Gov. Whitmer her own pair of 'Buffs'," 5 May 2020 Though the technique of marbling dates back to as early as the 12th century, with masters studying the craft from Japan to Venice, Schneider is completely self-taught. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside a Tiny Massachusetts Workshop Making Gorgeous Marbleized Accessories," 27 Feb. 2020 These gorgeous marbled Cool Whip Easter eggs are super easy to make and the end result will be a stunning addition to your Easter table. Taryn Mohrman, Woman's Day, "How to Make Cool Whip Marbled Easter Eggs This Holiday," 10 Mar. 2020 Another aroid species that has become a bona fide object of obsession for this new generation of collectors is the eminently photogenic variegated monstera, whose leaves are marbled with painterly splashes of white. Gray Chapman, New York Times, "How Much Would You Pay for a Houseplant?," 13 Nov. 2019 The powder-blue canopy of the sky is marbled with fluffy streaks of white. Lauren Gibbons Paul,, "Rediscovering the joys of swimming in a pond," 6 Sep. 2019 Some bakers suggest marbling your buttercream on a sheet of parchment paper and then transferring it to your cake in one fell swoop. Ana Calderone,, "Marble Buttercream Cakes Are Mesmerizing and Basically Magic — Here's How It's Done," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of marble


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1675, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marble


Middle English, from Anglo-French marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros

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The first known use of marble was in the 12th century

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12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Marble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of marble

: a kind of stone that is often polished and used in buildings and statues
: a little glass ball used in some children's games
: a children's game played with little glass balls


mar·​ble | \ ˈmär-bəl How to pronounce marble (audio) \

Kids Definition of marble

1 : a type of limestone that is capable of taking a high polish and is used in architecture and sculpture
2 : a little ball (as of glass) used in a children's game ( marbles )

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