marvel

noun
mar·vel | \ ˈmär-vəl \

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, 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

This marvel is one of nature's most spectacular sights: Imagine hundreds of thousands of birds in motion, caressing the sky like a brush on canvas. Lucas Ramirez, Fox News, "'Designed for More' by Lucas Ramirez," 24 June 2018 At more than an hour long, the interview is a marvel of a testimony and rings with emotional honesty. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "When Will Hip-Hop Have Its #MeToo Reckoning?," 16 May 2018 The real marvel of Mexico’s avocado trade, however, is not so much its size as the speed of its sudden growth. Brook Larmer, New York Times, "How the Avocado Became the Fruit of Global Trade," 27 Mar. 2018 The video games coming out this year will be marvels of graphic design with crazy complex storylines. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "The Game Boy Is Coming Back to Help You Relive the '90s (Sort Of)," 10 Jan. 2018 Their lair was the sort of natural marvel that might welcome busloads of tourists in a place better known. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "Undiscovered Europe: A Vacation Like No Other," 23 May 2018 Dolls are still his marvels of creation, but only two were patented: Tootsie-Wootsie and Schnickel-Fritz date to 1911; both are boy dolls. Brenda Yenke, cleveland.com, "Yesterday's playtime takes center stage: Yenke Peddler antiques column," 15 Feb. 2018 The very complexity of American society—its technological marvels and high standard of living—could well prove to be a barrier to the reconstruction of any one part. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018 Still, with both a video and a set of printed instructions, anyone with the parts and knowhow should be able to follow along and build their own marvel of modern engineering. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Build Your Own Sonic Tractor Beam," 3 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Horton was drawn to Noah's vibrant personality, and marveled at how the frightening nature of the disease never seemed to affect Noah's attitude. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "He fought rare cancer with a smile, and support of a Carolina Panthers defensive end," 22 June 2018 One Democrat couldn’t help but marvel at the bedfellows. Philip Elliott, Time, "President Trump Is Demanding $25 Billion for a Border Wall Amid Outcry Over Family Separation," 19 June 2018 Wright, who might have fared better in his 2016 mayoral bid had 10,087 of 11,011 registered voters not stayed home, marveled at the forum's turnout. Jeff Caplan, star-telegram, "Fed-up citizens or 'radical hate group?' Politics have gone hog wild in Mineral Wells | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Apr. 2018 Listen to the full audio, and marvel at Schults' incredible composure during what was undoubtedly one of the most terrifying experiences of her life—along with the lives of the passengers on her plane. Jessica Militare, Glamour, "This is What a Woman Under Pressure Sounds Like: Actual Audio of 'Nerves of Steel' Pilot Tammie Jo Schults Landing Southwest Flight 1380," 19 Apr. 2018 Standing on the stoop of her home on a village side street, Maragatham Radakrishnan hugs her daughter Kousalya and marvels at her confidence and determination. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "The girls who took over a town in rural India," 15 Apr. 2018 Cats are tough After the Wildcats beat Texas Tech to earn their spot in the Final Four, Raiders coach Chris Beard marveled at Villanova’s toughness. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Five things to know about the Villanova Wildcats, who'll face KU on Saturday | The Kansas City Star," 30 Mar. 2018 My girlfriend and her mother also took pictures and marveled at it. Roy S. Johnson, AL.com, "Blogger, 'Very Smart Brotha' talks Southern upbringing, race and being smart, 'cool dude'," 26 Feb. 2018 Successive Saudi leaders might have looked out of their palaces and marvelled at how far their country has come. The Economist, "Waiting for the backlashCan Muhammad bin Salman’s gamble work?," 21 June 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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More Definitions for marvel

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 \

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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