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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The memorial was symbolically hewn from rock that hailed from all parts of the United States – stone from Massachusetts, Colorado, Tennessee – while Lincoln himself is carved of Georgia marble. CBS News, 8 May 2022 In the foyer, a white marble staircase is inset with colorful mosaics. E.b. Solomont, WSJ, 5 May 2022 For one thing, all three sculptors share a winning way with marmo statuario, the most precious grade of marble from Carrara. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 In the museum’s south wing, which was constructed in the Beaux Arts style favored in the Progressive Era, visitors can take the marble staircase to the rotunda, pass by radiant displays of works by Tiffany and Fabergé, and exit onto the plaza. Randal Doane, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Kids bounded up the grand marble staircase at San Francisco City Hall on a recent afternoon and down the hallway to Room 200 where the mayor works. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Nov. 2021 In one of the large-scale photographs, in the Hotel Ephrussi, a stanchion holding a dispenser for hand sanitizer stands guard at the foot of a grand marble staircase. New York Times, 17 Oct. 2021 Among the heritage touches are boiserie ceilings and a spectacular marble staircase in the lobby . Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 Access to the second floor is via the elevator or marble staircase with iron rails. Dallas News, 21 Aug. 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 See More

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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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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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