marcel

noun
mar·cel | \ mär-ˈsel \

Definition of marcel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a deep soft wave made in the hair by the use of a heated curling iron

marcel

verb
marcelled; marcelling

Definition of marcel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a marcel in

intransitive verb

: to make a marcel

Examples of marcel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Once the back and sides are pinned, switch to a marcel curling iron for the front, top section to create a face-framing barrel curl. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Put a Modern Twist on Old Hollywood Pin Curls," 1 Sep. 2016 The marcel clip detaches to reveal the 1-inch barrel wand. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "The 16 Best Beauty Innovations of 2015," 21 Dec. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kemi Moore, 17, her hair marcelled like a 1920s movie star, said the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union (EU) had unleashed nativist feelings in white Britain. Ellen Barry, The Seattle Times, "What the royal bride-to-be means to black Londoners," 14 May 2018 Kemi Moore, 17, her hair marcelled like a 1920s movie star, said the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union had unleashed nativist feelings in white Britain. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "What Meghan Markle Means to Black Britons," 12 May 2018 Unexpected guest-The attractive accordioniste in pearls and marcelled curls. Micaela English, Town & Country, "Upper Level Best," 12 July 2013 Her previously loose and tawny hair is now marcelled and peroxide blond; her glittering but shapeless black gown projects the expensive glamour of a society matron. Russell Platt, The New Yorker, "Savor Renée Fleming in “Der Rosenkavalier,” at the Met," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of marcel

Noun

1895, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for marcel

Noun

Marcel Grateau †1936 French hairdresser

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