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

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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

Coco Chanel's apartment is a marvel, thanks to its woodwork, its moldings, and high ceilings. Roxanne Robinson, ELLE Decor, "You Can Now Buy the Incredibly Chic Lighting at the Coco Chanel Apartment in Paris," 25 Sep. 2018 This simple system was a marvel that attracted many tourists eager to ride it. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "From Death Traps to Disneyland: The 600-Year History of the Roller Coaster," 13 Aug. 2018 For three years, some of the most striking examples of these towering marvels were off limits to visitors in Yosemite National Park. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Yosemite reopens giant sequoia grove after three-year restoration project," 19 June 2018 For three years, some of the most striking examples of these towering marvels were off limits to visitors in Yosemite National Park. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "A Renewed View of Some of the World’s Oldest Trees," 18 June 2018 Effectively braiding two ropes of white and red sugar-cookie dough creates these sweet marbled marvels (pictured on plate, top). Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Red-and-White Marbled Cookies," 4 Nov. 2010 This architectural marvel at 196 Furnace Dock Road is now looking for a new owner with $12 million to spare. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Jackie Gleason’s iconic ‘Round House’ yours for $12M," 31 Aug. 2018 To stop pirates and other invaders, early settlers constructed the architectural marvel known as the Castillo de San Marcos. Todd Piro, Fox News, "St. Augustine's pirate museum and ghost tours offer a glimpse into America's oldest city," 30 Aug. 2018 This 1958 tribute to every realm of American mid-century design — interior, product, industrial, graphic, packaging, architectural — marvels at the bright Populuxe world of the late 1950s. Detroit Free Press, "Freep Film Festival 2018: All the Friday movies and special events," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hunting, trading, and even bounty hunting are all viable careers, for a time, and all provide exceptional opportunities to marvel at the glittering rural American sky or the sweeping Rocky Mountain stand-ins. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 Tens of millions were left to marvel at — or bemoan — the water’s force. Barbara Fraser, Discover Magazine, "Understanding the Amazon By Digging Into the Ground Beneath It," 28 Sep. 2018 Now restored to their original splendor, and enhanced by far more explanatory information on display here, the magnificent Cast Courts invite us to marvel at the excellence of the then-novel technology behind all these exhibits. Richard Cork, WSJ, "Worthy Imitations Worth a Visit," 18 Dec. 2018 He was also pictured marveling at apples in an orchard. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Kim Jong Un's bizarre North Korea propaganda photos," 13 Aug. 2018 Recently, Tarek took to Instagram to marvel at how much their daughter, Taylor El Moussa, 7, looks like Christina. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa's Daughter Looks so Much Like Her, It's Flipping Crazy," 9 Aug. 2018 Still, Peter Praet, the ECB’s chief economist, marveled recently that the bank largely achieved its goals despite vast unknowns surrounding bond buying and negative rates. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "ECB Stimulus’s Mixed Legacy: Economic Success, Political Fiasco," 12 Dec. 2018 James marveled at the symmetry in this final showdown, but both players said their times together meant a whole lot more than their times in opposing uniforms. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Wade, James embrace final chance to compete on court," 11 Dec. 2018 Kelly, meanwhile, marveled that in the early days staffers sometimes entered still chatting on their cellphones. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "'When you lose that power': How John Kelly faded as White House disciplinarian," 8 Apr. 2018

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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

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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

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