mar·​mo·​re·​al | \ mär-ˈmȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce marmoreal (audio) \
variants: or less commonly marmorean \ mär-​ˈmȯr-​ē-​ən How to pronounce marmorean (audio) \

Definition of marmoreal

: of, relating to, or suggestive of marble or a marble statue especially in coldness or aloofness

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Other Words from marmoreal

marmoreally \ mär-​ˈmȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce marmoreally (audio) \ adverb

When Should You Use marmoreal?

Most marble-related words in English were chiseled from the Latin noun marmor, meaning "marble." Marmor gave our language the word marble itself in the 12th century. It is also the parent of marmoreal, which has been used in English since the mid-1600s. Marbleize, another marmor descendant, came later, making its print debut around 1854. The obscure adjective marmorate, meaning "veined like marble," dates to the 16th century and hasn't seen much use since.

Examples of marmoreal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The marmoreal cool of Debbie Harry and the band's razor-sharp duds plastered across TV screens helped define the nascent new wave genre, which would set the tone for many a mallrat's wardrobe. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time: Staff List," 27 Aug. 2020 Then there’s the marmoreal serenity of the shoulder lines. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Volvo S90 T8: Luxury, Thy Name is No Longer Lincoln," 9 Mar. 2018 Then there’s the marmoreal serenity of the shoulder lines. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Volvo S90 T8: Luxury, Thy Name is No Longer Lincoln," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of marmoreal

1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marmoreal

Latin marmoreus, from marmor marble

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“Marmoreal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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