marvel

noun
mar·​vel | \ ˈmär-vəl How to pronounce marvel (audio) \

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 How to pronounce marvel (audio) , 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 Since cicadas don’t bite, sting, eat plants, carry disease, or try to move into our homes, let their brief appearance provide a distracting marvel. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: My old boxwood hedge has oranges patches like this in some places. Is this boxwood blight?," 13 May 2021 About 10,000 young people from across the Soviet Union helped build the canal, a marvel of engineering that drops about an inch in elevation every mile for the first 129 miles so that gravity keeps the water flowing. BostonGlobe.com, "Where Ukrainians are preparing for all-out war with Russia," 9 May 2021 Also this year, GameStop was transformed from a struggling mall retailer to a stock market marvel that rallied an online horde to take on Wall Street. Washington Post, "Fed concerned about the risks that accompany soaring markets," 6 May 2021 For years Riverfront Recapture has attracted thousands of people to its downtown Hartford plaza and modern marvel of a boathouse at the northern edge of the city for cultural and community events and boating activities. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Riverfront Recapture announces 60-acre expansion that will connect trails, add cove for paddle sports," 27 Apr. 2021 Another marvel is Paul Raci, who plays Ruben’s deaf mentor. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Our favorite movies from 2020," 25 Apr. 2021 His latest work is a marvel of storytelling and a master class in the history of the book, explaining sometimes arcane bookmaking processes in clear and coherent language while lending an easy touch to otherwise confounding historical turmoil. Ernest Hilbert, WSJ, "‘The Bookseller of Florence’ Review: Manuscripts and Medicis," 23 Apr. 2021 The striking beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and the humble marvel of beekeeping, bring home nature’s life lessons to a trio of misfits in Eileen Garvin’s debut novel. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Put a spring in your step with the 10 best books of April," 16 Apr. 2021 The score, by Stephen Sondheim, is a marvel and a minefield of layered meanings. New York Times, "What Makes ‘Follies’ a Classic? 7 Answers and 1 Big Problem.," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Reusse and Rand also marvel at the woeful Orlando Magic, blown out Sunday by the Wolves. Star Tribune, "Loser Monday with Reusse reflecting on the Twins and RandBall on the Loons," 10 May 2021 About 2,500 miles from San Francisco, in Oaxaca, Mexico, Patricia Theel could only marvel at the irony. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Alison Collins wants $87 million for damage to her career. These SFUSD employees say she destroyed theirs," 8 May 2021 Some coronavirus experts marvel at the differences between the two. STAT, "We know a lot about Covid-19. Experts have many more questions," 20 Apr. 2021 Now visitors have returned to sing and play tunes around the campfire, jump into the chilly Merced River, climb El Capitan, hike the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls and marvel at waterfalls that churn most powerfully in spring. Los Angeles Times, "Can you conquer 40 staircases in Silver Lake?," 29 Apr. 2021 In Alaska, visitors can trek on an ancient glacier, kayak along shoreline dotted with wildlife in the Inside Passage, hang with bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve and marvel at the immense beauty of Denali, North America’s highest peak. Kerri Westenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Celebrate a return to travel with these 7 must-see destinations," 28 Apr. 2021 Slip inside the Bradbury Building and marvel at its five-story atrium (Milwaukee City Hall’s is eight). BostonGlobe.com, "These works of art show why cities will endure," 22 Apr. 2021 On America’s other coast, visitors will do more than marvel when a new exhibition space covering 50,000 square feet (4,645 square metres) opens on April 22nd. The Economist, "Beyond the frame A change in how people consume contemporary art is under way," 17 Apr. 2021 Alejandro and Julian, who learned to tackle on gravel pitches, are now part of Colombia's first professional rugby team, and still marvel at the idea of being paid to play the sporot. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Rugby in Colombia: an escape from a violent past," 16 Mar. 2021

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

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16 May 2021

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“Marvel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marvel. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce marvel (audio) \

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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