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 The 35-foot-long living room has a rectangular fireplace made of white marble. oregonlive, "Bootleggers are part of the fascinating history of the 1893 Levi Hexter mansion in King’s Hill.," 6 Nov. 2019 There are half columns of green marble, and a carpet in rich yellows and reds covers the floor. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "How Trump’s Emissaries Put Pressure on Ukraine’s New President," 26 Oct. 2019 Designed and formerly inhabited by a famous architect, the house is a masterwork of real-estate pornography with its beige walls, marble floors and vast, cavernous spaces. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Thrilling and devastating, ‘Parasite’ is one of the year’s very best movies," 9 Oct. 2019 With its natural grain and subtle, tonal color, there's good reason Carrara marble is a go-to in kitchen design. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How Paint Transformed This Stuck-in-the-'90s Kitchen," 30 Sep. 2019 Throughout, furniture made by local artisans is matched with secondhand and modern pieces, and in the Scandi-style Accord, the terrazzo-marble-floor foyer doubles as a gallery with works for sale by up-and-coming artists. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "These 6 European Apartments Are Basically Private Design Hotels," 23 Aug. 2019 Marble was key to achieving a high-end look, so Timeless Travel Trailers added a marble veneer to the countertops and seating in the galley, dinette, bar, and bathroom. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Renovated vintage Airstream is like a chic apartment on wheels," 16 Aug. 2019 More Spirits Science Yule marble is a metamorphized limestone, which makes for a perfect filtration system, adding a bit of natural minerality (nutrients that add to the final taste) into our spirits. Connie Baker, Popular Mechanics, "This Zero-Waste Distillery Saves 4 Million Gallons of Water Per Year—and Still Makes Delicious Stuff," 9 June 2019 Floating shelves protrude from teak paneling; a Carrera marble floor with brass insets lends an old-world polish. Nina Sparling, Vogue, "Parcelle, a New Shop From the Team Behind Charlie Bird, Takes the Stress Out of Wine-Buying," 31 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Monthly events like pottery making, succulent arrangement or how to marble a pumpkin for spooky season are posted on Crafted’s online calendar. Vera Castaneda, Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours: Tour the San Pedro waterfront before its big makeover," 18 Oct. 2019 In the step-by-step of it (marbling the imagined with the real), Prescott sustains a breathless tension. Joan Frank, Washington Post, "In Lara Prescott’s ‘The Secrets We Kept,’ the CIA takes a novel approach to Cold War spycraft," 13 Sep. 2019 The tomato is an heirloom variety known for being hefty in size with yellow skin and flesh marbled with red streaks. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Corn and tomatoes: The local sweet season has started," 9 Aug. 2019 Only the most serious climbers would consider ascending its east face, a sheer 3,000-foot wall of sedimentary rock marbled with an intricate network of snow and ice. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "The Tragedy on Howse Peak," 28 Aug. 2019 The cap, also known as the spinalis dorsi, comes when a butcher trims a whole ribeye roast — cutting the meat off the bone — and rolls the resulting marbled piece into a log and ties it with twine. Los Angeles Times, "Costco took away my favorite cut of steak: A carnivore’s lament," 22 Aug. 2019 The meat is known for being intensely marbled with fat that delivers a richer beef flavor and a more tender, moist cut. Chuck Blount,, "A recipe for grilled Wagyu Rib-eye Steak and a recipe for Creamy stuffed mushrooms," 12 Aug. 2019 Another delicacy served at high-end restaurants is Wagyu beef, a highly marbled deluxe meat from Japanese cows. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "True Luxury in Food Doesn’t Cost a Fortune," 14 June 2019 The new product announcement comes a week after Beyond Meat introduced a new patty that uses coconut oil and cocoa butter to create a marbling effect to make the texture mimic real meat more closely. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Beyond Meat will start making 'ground beef'," 17 June 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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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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