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 marvelling (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 As the best players typically are, Allen was a physical marvel who possessed World-Breaker Hulk levels of strength. John Owning, Dallas News, "Favorite Dallas Cowboys of all time? John Owning breaks down his top 3, none of whom are skill position players," 19 June 2020 Not surprisingly, the fridges in the book are a marvel of clever shelving and order, but those of Crenn and Waters stood out. Flora Tsapovsky, SFChronicle.com, "A peek into the refrigerators of Alice Waters and Dominique Crenn," 12 June 2020 The man is a marvel, hardly a man at all in his level of skill, and therein lies the catch. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 According to the European Commission, insect pollinators—in particular, the honeybee—are an economic marvel, contributing 22 billion euros in value to Europe’s agriculture sector. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "From beekeepers to giant pension funds, activist shareholders are being silenced by the coronavirus," 6 June 2020 On the other side of Lemieux are two defenders skating the complete opposite way, colliding, dumbfounded by this marvel of a human being who skates past with a Looney Tunes smirk on his face. Casey Taylor, The New Republic, "Nihilism and White Bliss in America’s Most Livable City," 5 June 2020 Robert Zemeckis' box-office smash remains a technological marvel. NBC News, "What to stream during your coronavirus self-quarantine," 17 Mar. 2020 Just like in the comics, Diesel’s Garrison is a technological and biological marvel, used as the ultimate weapon by a bunch of bad men. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "‘Bloodshot’ works, if only for the cinematic universe it has the potential to create," 12 Mar. 2020 Bitcoin devotees, for whom the technological marvel that is blockchain is effectively religion, sparred with skeptics. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "A little taste of Brainstorm Finance, Fortune’s fintech conference," 4 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Buses, Amish wagons and visitors from the nearby West Boggs Lake stop to marvel at his creations and each person takes home a free birdhouse. Dawn Mitchell, The Indianapolis Star, "The birdhouse man of Loogootee," 16 June 2020 The Bloomberg cross-asset editor is marveling at the aggressive approach of the usually staid European Central Bank. David Rovella, Bloomberg.com, "Your Evening Briefing," 10 May 2020 For once, not complaining about his messy hands, and instead marveling at his ability to make something all by himself. Marisa Bardach Ramel, Better Homes & Gardens, "Baking With My Kids Reminds Me Life Is Messy But Wonderful, Too," 1 May 2020 Editors have filled this space up with all manner of items, and all marvel at the way that the E450 combines this practical nature with dynamic excellence and unbeatable luxury. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Our Long-Term 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon Was a Love Story," 27 Apr. 2020 Thermodynamics carries the whiff of engine grease and grit, of steaming across the countryside in the first trains and conquering the waves in the first ocean liners, of marveling at the landscape from a hot-air balloon. Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, "Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today," 18 Apr. 2020 Indulging our curiosity about the world around us with a microscope allows us to marvel at the magnificent architecture of organisms and matter. Popular Science, "Microscopes for students and hobbyists who want to continue exploring the world around them," 15 Mar. 2020 Those who have marveled at Haddish and Byrne in some of their previous supporting roles are left waiting for each to get a bona-fide starring vehicle, but this team-up gives each more room to shine than usual. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Like a Boss': Film Review," 9 Jan. 2020 At the first door was Maria Lojo, 80, a small Spanish-speaking woman who marveled at the three boys before her. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Hundreds of D.C. seniors were alone on Christmas until these volunteers knocked on their doors," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Marvel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marvel. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for marvel

marvel

noun
How to pronounce marvel (audio)

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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