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

Definition of marble

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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 The floor here is natural cherry edged with black marble. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "All brick and stone — no wood — make this $1.5M Bloomfield Twp. home memorable," 9 May 2020 On a marble fortified against bottomless blackness by a shell of air and color, fragile and miraculous as a soap bubble. New York Times, "Earthrise: 50 Years Since Apollo 8," 24 Apr. 2020 Other home features include clean lines, steel doors, 10½-foot ceilings, walls for art, marble in the bathrooms, a surrounding wall/fence and ebonized hardwood floors. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Museum District home offers walkability factor," 11 Apr. 2020 There are grand sentiments carved into marble about what is the greater good. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: If Democrats want the truth, they’ll demand an investigation into Joe Biden’s Ukrainian ties too," 27 Sep. 2019 His first thought, upon sensing that his teeth are marbles in his mouth, is to feel pity for his dentist. New York Times, "A Survivor Recalls the Charlie Hebdo Massacre and a Long Road to Recovery," 24 Feb. 2020 The 20 all-white accommodations feature Greek marble, custom fragrance, pillow menus, and a private plunge pool. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 Solid-surface counters in granite, marble, Corian or Silestone are popular, as are professional-quality appliances. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor view: Spruce up your home before putting it on the market," 25 Apr. 2020 Floors are cherry, Australian cypress, marble, stone tile. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "You'll want this $1.75M Clarkston house for the art the owners made in it," 11 Apr. 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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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Marble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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