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

That plane, though a technical marvel and a beautiful shape, never made money; only 20 were built and only 14 were ever sold commercially. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Boeing invests in advanced supersonic business jet," 5 Feb. 2019 The marvel is hidden inside the child’s developing brain. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "The Secret Power of the Children’s Picture Book," 18 Jan. 2019 The Takeaway: Let us, at least, take a moment to think about the name of the White House lawyer who attended the meeting, and marvel at how very unsubtle reality can be. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: We'll Always Have Singapore—Or Not," 27 May 2018 Months later, the Celtics remain a hardwood marvel that has won more on the road than at home. Paul Coro, latimes.com, "The injury-riddled Celtics aren't limping into the playoffs thanks to rising young stars," 31 Mar. 2018 The young marvels heralded as offering lessons for the rest of us have done more than stun with their prowess. Ann Hulbert, Time, "What Parents Can Learn From Steve Jobs and Bill Gates About Raising a Prodigy," 10 Jan. 2018 Isn’t the point of camping to cook outside in the great outdoors and marvel at the nature around us? Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why I love having a microwave in my camper van," 20 Dec. 2018 Those sudden shifts in size and scale turn the action sequences into marvels of comic dynamism. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is a bright, cheery tonic from the Marvel superhero factory," 27 June 2018 Each one will highlight the garden marvels of the month. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Tomato — the 'luscious beauty' of the garden and how to fight diseases," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Those who like James would marvel at his ability to perform while injured while others would blame him for his blunder. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "LeBron James' injured hand leaves 2018 NBA Finals loss to Warriors with big what-if factor," 9 June 2018 Sunshine has inspired more than her mom: the younger students she tutors, the teachers who marvel at her drive. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Top student rises from chaotic upbringing, wins science-fair gold," 5 June 2018 Just as travelers have long marveled at its monumental sculptures and murals, so have scholars recognized Sri Lanka’s artistic impact on Southeast Asia. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘The Jeweled Isle: Art From Sri Lanka’ Review: Reclaiming a Country’s Creative History," 1 Jan. 2019 Fans have marveled at the fact that the man who took on Bush is now one of Trump’s most ardent fans. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How Kanye West’s brand survives his controversies, explained by a crisis PR expert," 3 Oct. 2018 Hunting, trading, and even bounty hunting are all viable careers, for a time, and all provide exceptional opportunities to marvel at the glittering rural American sky or the sweeping Rocky Mountain stand-ins. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Red Dead Redemption II review: Getting muddy in the wide-open frontier," 25 Oct. 2018 Tens of millions were left to marvel at — or bemoan — the water’s force. Barbara Fraser, Discover Magazine, "Understanding the Amazon By Digging Into the Ground Beneath It," 28 Sep. 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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