marvel

noun
mar·vel | \ˈmär-vəl \

Definition of marvel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that causes wonder or astonishment her talent is a marvel to behold … with that marvel of architecture before our eyes …— Martha Kean

2 : intense surprise or interest : astonishment … his voice filled with marvel— Mordecai Richler

marvel

verb
marveled or marvelled; marveling or marvelling\ˈmärv-liŋ, ˈmär-və- \

Definition of marvel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become filled with surprise, wonder, or amazed curiosity marveled at the magician's skill

transitive verb

: to feel astonishment or perplexity at or about marveled that they had escaped

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of marvel in a Sentence

Noun

that new electric car really is a marvel

Verb

The doctors marveled that anyone could recover so quickly.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To walk around this botanical marvel, watching the mangoes change in shape and size on the branches every few yards, was to experience creation in all its mystery and plenitude. Chandrahas Choudhury, WSJ, "On the Great Indian Mango Trail," 6 July 2018 The wooden marvel, made for Burning Man by artist Jerry Snyder, honors Nevada’s state fossil, a gigantic sea reptile that once swam beneath the surface of a massive inland sea. Harriot Manley, SFChronicle.com, "Burning Man comes and goes, but the experience is year-round in Reno," 28 June 2018 Moving mechanical marvels, either vintage or contemporary, like this from the amazing Thomas Kuntz. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Neil Patrick Harris Jokingly Asks Fans for Birthday Gifts After Shading Rachel Bloom," 13 June 2018 His jockey is Mike Smith, a physical marvel at age 52, who climbed aboard Justify in his second race on March 11, and has not lost. Tim Layden, SI.com, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018 Tim Rattray isn't a finished product, and his heated imagination will produce both monsters and marvels, like any man of spirit when first feeling his mastery. Josh Ozersky, Esquire, "I Have Seen the Future of Barbecue, and Its Name is Tim Rattray," 10 Apr. 2013 Bamba is an athletic marvel, a sinewy tower of untapped potential. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Orlando-bound: Magic select former Texas star Mo Bamba sixth overall in NBA draft," 21 June 2018 Bamba is an athletic marvel, a sinewy tower of untapped potential. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Magic select UT's Mo Bamba with No. 6 pick in NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 And the technical marvels have attracted some big-name clients including NASA, London's Science Museum and the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw. Fox News, "Inside the 'Westworld'-style factory producing humanoid robots," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His story invites us to marvel at how this poor, self-educated, frontier lawyer transformed himself into a political leader who defended democracy, preserved the nation, and abolished slavery. San Francisco Chronicle, "The Mind of Abraham Lincoln: An Intensive Seminar," 16 May 2018 Last week, an emotional Johnson marveled at her freedom after more than two decades behind bars, grateful for a second chance -- and craving seafood. Jason Hanna And Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Alice Johnson thanks Kim Kardashian West for her freedom in emotional first meeting," 14 June 2018 Because nothing raises property value like the threat of nuclear war, Trump took the summit as an opportunity to marvel at just how lucrative real estate development in the country would be. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "The Most Ridiculous Moments From the Trump-Kim Summit," 12 June 2018 Some marvel at LeBron’s transcendent talent, while others view him as arrogant, selfish, and entitled. Dan Grunfeld, SI.com, "LeBron James's Only Underrated Attribute: His Character," 11 June 2018 Marist coach Jordan Vidovic marveled at Grove's ability to recover from adversity. Paul Johnson, Daily Southtown, "Grove's groove: Senior leads Neuqua Valley volleyball's comeback vs. Marist," 5 Apr. 2018 The children who remained marveled at how Red Sun had turned his life around. James Karst, NOLA.com, "The tragic life of Red Sun, comic figure in Louis Armstrong book," 18 May 2017 Horton was drawn to Noah's vibrant personality, and marveled at how the frightening nature of the disease never seemed to affect Noah's attitude. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "He fought rare cancer with a smile, and support of a Carolina Panthers defensive end," 22 June 2018 One Democrat couldn’t help but marvel at the bedfellows. Philip Elliott, Time, "President Trump Is Demanding $25 Billion for a Border Wall Amid Outcry Over Family Separation," 19 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'marvel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of marvel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for marvel

Noun

Middle English merveile, mervayle "something causing astonishment, miracle," borrowed from Anglo-French merveille, going back to Gallo-Romance *merevelia, altered from Latin mīrābilia, noun derivative from neuter plural of mīrābilis "causing wonder, remarkable," from mīrārī "to be surprised, look with wonder at" + -bilis "capable of (acting or being acted upon)" — more at admire, -able

Verb

Middle English merveilen, mervaylen, borrowed from Anglo-French merveiller, derivative of merveille marvel entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about marvel

Statistics for marvel

Last Updated

21 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for marvel

The first known use of marvel was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for marvel

marvel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marvel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone or something that is extremely good, skillful, etc. : a wonderful or marvelous person or thing

marvel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of marvel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to feel great surprise, wonder, or admiration

marvel

noun
mar·vel | \ˈmär-vəl \

Kids Definition of marvel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that causes wonder or astonishment

marvel

verb
marveled or marvelled; marveling or marvelling

Kids Definition of marvel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to feel astonishment or wonder I had never seen such beautiful illustrations … I turned the pages, marveling.— Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on marvel

What made you want to look up marvel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!