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mar·​vel ˈmär-vəl How to pronounce marvel (audio)
: one that causes wonder or astonishment
her talent is a marvel to behold
… with that marvel of architecture before our eyes …Martha Kean
: intense surprise or interest : astonishment
… his voice filled with marvelMordecai Richler


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marveled or marvelled; marveling or marvelling ˈmärv-liŋ How to pronounce marvel (audio)

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
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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Marvel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
mar·​vel ˈmär-vəl How to pronounce marvel (audio)
: one that causes wonder or astonishment


2 of 2 verb
marveled or marvelled; marveling or marvelling ˈmärv-(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce marvel (audio)
: to become filled with surprise or astonishment
marveled at the magician's skill

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