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

The Verdict: Red Dead Redemption II is a technical marvel, attempting to encapsulate one man’s story in the West. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 Technically, the film is a marvel, particularly its tense score, clever set design, brisk editing, and nifty (in an unsettling way) camerawork. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "In ‘Hereditary’ starring Toni Collete, a family tree gets uprooted in chilling ways," 4 June 2018 With its copper conveyor belts, sculptural blond wooden base and glass tubes stacked with fresh buns and gleaming produce, the burger bot is a marvel of engineering and aesthetics capable of churning out 120 burgers an hour. WSJ, "Robot Restaurants: The Good Versus the Gimmicks," 3 Oct. 2018 As always, his harmonies are a great marvel, and these pieces tend to have an exuberant bounce — carried off with the bassist Reuben Rogers and the drummer Eric Harland — somewhere between swing rhythm, calypso and Javanese propulsion. New York Times, "The Playlist: Christina Aguilera’s Bizarre Puzzle, and 13 More New Songs," 4 May 2018 Both the orbiting car and rocket touchdowns were visual marvels and just downright cool. Jeff Darcy, cleveland.com, "Hope Hicks Rob Porter defense deplorable: Darcy cartoon," 11 Feb. 2018 The whole operation was one of those precarious marvels of adaptive survival, like a pine growing from a crack in the side of a cliff. New York Times, "A Brooklyn Favorite for Jamaican Food Beats the Odds," 26 June 2018 Developed by the founding bartender, Pip Hanson—who went on to oversee the beverage program at London’s famed cocktail bar Artesian—this unexpected—ahem—marvel will win over the most hesitant client. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "America’s Coolest Drinking City," 22 June 2018 This curated selection of 53 works by 46 artists represents the variety of Wisconsin art today, with both marvels of technique and brilliant conceptual approaches — sometimes even in the same work. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekly Reads from Art City (March 2)," 1 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Former Mayor Mike McGinn posted about taping games to watch after his kids went to bed, and marveling at Nate McMillan’s defense. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "‘Bring ’Em Back’: An ode to Sonics fans who haven’t given up hope," 26 Oct. 2018 Book a tour ahead, or just stop in for a tasting (and marvel at the table wine that’s dispensed to local farmers from a sort of gas pump). Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 It's been twelve years since the kidnapping, but the world still marvels at the incredible bravery, resilience, and quick-thinking of Shoaf, now 26. Rose Minutaglio, Country Living, "Girl in the Bunker," 7 May 2018 Former Royals player Reggie Sanders recently stood on a baseball field near his home in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and marveled. Maria Torres, kansascity, "How Reggie Sanders influenced the Royals to sign a player with autism | The Kansas City Star," 14 Apr. 2018 Four years ago, the world marveled at Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s aggression on Germany’s march to the trophy. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France to Hugo Lloris: Get Back in Goal," 13 July 2018 While others simply marveled at witnessing the feat. Cady Lang, Time, "Kylian Mbappé's Insane World Cup Pass for France Elicited a Lot of Feelings," 10 July 2018 It's been twelve years since the kidnapping, but the world still marvels at Shoaf's incredible bravery, resilience, and quick-thinking—her story is even the focus of a new Lifetime movie Girl in the Bunker (8 p.m. ET/PT) debuting on May 28. Rose Minutaglio, Country Living, "Lifetime's 'Girl in the Bunker' Revisits Elizabeth Shoaf Kidnapping. Here's What Really Happened.," 7 May 2018 Anyone who has flown into Miami International Airport quickly marvels at the bird’s-eye-view of Miami. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Smithsonian Channel explores Miami from the sky in upcoming 'Aerial Cities' episode," 27 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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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

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