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


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

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 London Underground, though a marvel of the Victorian era, is only partially air-conditioned. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 But the first chapter is a marvel of psychological economy. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 This marvel of non-fiction filmmaking is a little and a lot all at once. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Jan. 2022 The Wolff House is a striking Modernist marvel that hovers above the city on an ultra-steep lot in Hollywood Hills. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2022 So Heng Tai Mansion is another architectural marvel in the city. Livia Hengel, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The performance will showcase some of Monk’s classic and lesser-known songs alike, each a marvel of soulful ingenuity. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 Speedrunning, the art of completing a video game as quickly as humanly possible, is a marvel to watch. Nathan Grayson, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 As the man who maybe murdered his wife, Firth is a faceted marvel. Matthew Gilbert,, 30 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rudy and Lupita Montalvo returned to their former home of Boyle Heights to marvel at the new structure. Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2022 There's also a more casual subset of overlanders, who fill mid-size SUV's with friends and family and traverse mountain trails in the early morning—stopping to marvel at the breathtaking scenery—before returning in the afternoon. John Thompson, Men's Health, 22 June 2022 The drive will take over an hour from the center of Doha, but it’s well worth it to marvel at Qatar’s stark beauty. Katie Lockhart, House Beautiful, 6 June 2022 Now and then a man from the adjacent house would come down to marvel at my prospering biceps without so much as lifting a finger himself to help. The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Psychologist Jennifer Drake says that, regardless of the medium, we humans are wired to marvel at skill. Maggie Hennessy, Bon Appétit, 16 May 2022 Many interior details of the Hallmark mansion are marvelously retro, and folks who tour the residence are likely to marvel at its opulent vintage vibe. Mary Colurso |, al, 30 Apr. 2022 Today, the park is celebrating 150 years of welcoming people to marvel at its colorful hot springs, geysers, and herds of bison. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2022 Jones used to watch Prophet at school board meetings and marvel that the superintendent could speak with grassroots knowledge about what was happening on a classroom-level. oregonlive, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of marvel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for marvel


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


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

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

Kids Definition of marvel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that causes wonder or astonishment


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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