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

Marib Dam, built in the 8th century BC in a quest to bolster agriculture in the otherwise desert terrain, is still considered an engineering marvel. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Archaeologists fear biblical artifacts, monuments won't survive Yemen war," 9 Aug. 2018 Mais oui, another lovely humanist marvel from Kore-eda. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "The wonderful, improbable Palme d'Or triumph of Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters' at Cannes," 21 May 2018 The show, created by Dave Holstein with the bulk of the episodes directed by Gondry (as well as Carrey’s first significant role on TV since 1990’s In Living Color), is heartbreaking, and a rare marvel. Karen Han, Vox, "Jim Carrey returns to TV on Showtime’s Kidding. It’s a messy triumph.," 8 Sep. 2018 In Hedgesville, West Virginina, a tiny, scenic town in the northeast corner of the state, sits the historic Hiram Hedges House, a true marvel of old-meets-new design. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This Stunning West Virginia Farmhouse Absolutely Nails Old-Meets-New," 15 May 2018 America got many marvels — e.g., the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge — from New Deal infrastructure spending. George Will, Anchorage Daily News, "Infrastructure spending won’t transform America," 15 Feb. 2018 America got many marvels — e.g., the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge — from New Deal infrastructure spending. George Will, National Review, "Infrastructure Spending Won’t Transform America," 14 Feb. 2018 Design fanatics can take a quick coastal train ride to the bright striped cabanas of Costa Nova or marvels like the Casa da Musica by Rem Koohaas. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "The 10 Best Vacations You Can Take With Your Tax Refund," 18 Mar. 2019 What’s happening to that baby is both obvious and a secret marvel. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "The Secret Power of the Children’s Picture Book," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Oliver then cut to a Fox and Friends segment in which Rivera marveled at footage of the bomb being dropped. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Why Is John Oliver Feuding with Geraldo Rivera?," 17 Apr. 2017 Progressive activist and former Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower, a close observer of Treviño’s campaign, marveled at his instincts during the past couple of months. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Sanders rallies his supporters, urging continued commitment to getting out the vote," 9 Mar. 2018 Ars heard about this Silicon-Valley marvel several months ago, and I was sent a review unit to test out. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 No matter how many times outsiders marvel at its work, its game designers must wake up each day, bike into the ivory cocoon of the R&D building, face the blank screen, and make something for the world. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "Nintendo Can Keep a Secret," 22 June 2018 Passers-by marvelled at the kaleidoscope of different colours on the way to the Luzhniki Stadium. SI.com, "Peru's World Cup Journey: Part 1 - The Inca Invasion Begins as Peru Descends on Moscow," 15 June 2018 We were lit in the same pink light and marveled at our luck at finding this spot and having not seen any other humans nearby. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "A few days in the desert (with lots of sunscreen) is the perfect break from an Alaska winter," 22 Mar. 2018 Kate Franzman, communications coordinator for the foundation, marvels at Madelyn's passion. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers teen: 'I never really thought kids could go to bed hungry'," 15 Apr. 2018 Miller, who re-joined the Pels this season after playing most of the last three years in Germany, marvels at Rondo's game preparation. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "'Help me Rondo, help help me Rondo' is Pelicans' battle cry," 13 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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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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