mar·bled | \ˈmär-bəld \

Definition of marbled 

1 [ 1marble ]

a : made of or covered with marble or marbling

b : marked by an extensive use of marble as an architectural or decorative feature ancient marbled cities

2 : having markings or coloration suggestive of marble

3 [ 2marble ] : marked by an intermixture of fat and lean well-marbled beef

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Examples of marbled in a Sentence

The mansion has beautiful marbled columns. The meat was marbled with fat.

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The article says the Georgia ditch denizens were probably shipped to Europe as pets and one of them in an aquarium mutated into a new species — the marbled crawfish — that reproduces without males. George Mathis,, "Mutant clones of Georgia crawfish besiege planet," 8 Feb. 2018 What could stop the spread of the mighty marbled crawfish? Todd A. Price,, "Mutant female crawfish invade Europe: report," 6 Feb. 2018 The movie doesn’t overdo the comedy of Donnie’s trust-fund Jesus look or his extravagantly marbled estate. Justin Chang,, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix stars in the captivating addiction drama 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'," 12 July 2018 When choosing racks for this recipe, whether baby backs or full spareribs, make sure that the meat is well marbled with fat, and that there’s a substantial cushion of meat between the bones. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 2018 Because what your bumble bee Gucci candle really needs is a pretty marbled perch. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, " Launches Homeware—Because Gucci Shouldn’t Be Limited to Your Closet," 2 July 2018 The Shanghai, where her mother’s family hails from, features a jade-like bit of marbled agate and a white and blue porcelain bead akin to a Ming vase. Monica Kim, Vogue, "SVNR’s Colorful Keepsake Earrings Turn Forgotten Objects Into Chic Mementos," 13 July 2018 In one photo, Conrad stood with his mother, father, brother and sister posed in front of a blue-marbled backdrop for a family portrait. Brenna Bailey, azcentral, "Fallen Chandler soldier, Sgt. Alexander Conrad, was a 'hero,' brother says," 30 June 2018 Serendipity could soon find him, if his handlers play their cards right, alongside his high school classmate back in those marbled halls — a Washington institution conservatives have long sought to dominate and shape in their own image. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "In Kavanaugh, Trump Found Another Judge Who Will Kiss the Ring," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of marbled

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of marbled

: made from or decorated with marble

: having markings or colors similar to marble

of meat : having lines of fat mixed throughout

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