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 marbles a game being played for all the marbles
3 : marbling
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 marble (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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Other Words from marble


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 The marble for One Post Office Square was precut and glued to backup panels in Carrara, Italy, following the architects’ designs, then shipped to Boston., 11 Sep. 2021 Pierre Chareau sconces emit an additional soft glow, picking up textural notes from the marble topped tables. Camille Okhio, Vogue, 17 Aug. 2021 All of the marble was imported from Italy, including the gorgeous Arabescato Cervaiole and Nero Marquina stone foyer floor. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 7 July 2021 The stretch from the Foro Boario – where two ancient temples sit opposite the Bocca della Verità – up to the marble Ponte Sisto, is lovely, passing the grand synagogue and the mid-river island, Isola Tiberina. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 6 July 2021 But Sara didn’t like the black marble in the bathroom, and there was no washer or dryer. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 In a spot where art meets nature, between the marble of the statues and the green of the park, a camera crew is preparing to shoot Mahmood. Billboard Italy, Billboard, 30 June 2021 The team tested 8 bacteria strains chosen from a collection of 1,000, ultimately opting to use non-toxic varieties without spores to clean the marble. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 As the rain moved in, parkgoers were reluctant to leave and huddled under umbrellas or sought shelter under the marble Washington Arch. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Use a toothpick to swirl and marble your food coloring droplets. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 1 Mar. 2021 These days, it’s used for many blue cheeses, injected inside punctures in the blocks, where air helps the mold cultivate and marble the cheese from the inside out. Amy Drew Thompson,, 8 Oct. 2020 To marble your own nail polish pumpkins, place drops of nail polish ($18 for a 6-pack, Target) into a bucket of room temperature water. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Sep. 2020 The intact clam was quarter-sized, its ivory shell marbled with brown and purplish lines. Ian James,, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 10 Mar. 2020

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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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“Marble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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