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

News of one such marvel took me on a bright spring morning to the paleontology labs of the University of Kansas in Lawrence. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Digging into our planet’s history," 22 July 2019 Then marvel at the stunning two-minute shot of Ruth wiping off her stage makeup while weeks time-lapse through the dressing room behind her. Darren Franich, EW.com, "GLOW's Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin are one of the best TV duos of the decade — here's why," 19 July 2019 This exhibition emphasizes the sterling, and the audacity of works on view — the intricacy of design and craftsmanship, the technical marvels, the sheer, shining value of it all — is jaw-dropping. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "With this glittering display of silver, a Providence rags-to-riches tale," 3 July 2019 The living room is a historical marvel, with a granite foundation that heads three feet up the wall and brick that makes up the rest. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Celebrate the 4th of July with this $825K colonial," 3 July 2019 From a baseball standpoint, the Rays are a marvel: Innovative brainiacs who despite their revenue shortfalls have put an entertaining product on the field for more than a decade while quite literally changing the way the game is played. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rays' Montreal play has huge ripples - and likely means end of MLB in Tampa," 20 June 2019 American society, understood as hundreds of millions of people making billions of decisions daily, is a marvel of spontaneous cooperation. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Is the individual obsolete?," 17 July 2019 Among those looking back with marvel is Stephen Rutsky, 68, a lifelong New Yorker who joined in rioting and protests sparked by a police raid targeted at gay patrons of Stonewall. Washington Post, "50 years after Stonewall, LGBT rights are a work in progress," 17 June 2019 This engineering marvel somehow manages to jam a 15.6-inch screen and a 14-inch screen into a 5.5 lbs laptop. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Asus tells other dual-screen laptop makers to hold its beer, revealing the dazzling ZenBook Pro," 27 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pundits often marvel at how quickly Germany’s far-right AfD has acquired power. Sally Rooney, The New York Review of Books, "Madeleine Schwartz," 18 Apr. 2019 The smell wafted through the front door as the movers lugged in one piece at a time: first the top, then the leaves and finally the two halves of the base, marveling all the while at the heft. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "Our Table Came With a Story. For $500, We Got to Add Our Own Chapter," 3 May 2018 For now, Piper will continue to watch his loons in a pocket of northern Wisconsin, cheering for the family of five, marveling at the mallard who is in the midst of a nature vs. nurture struggle. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Loons in northern Wisconsin are raising a mallard duckling after they lost their own chick," 24 July 2019 Millions of Americans marveled at the grainy images of Armstrong descending the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar module. Michael Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "50 years later, memories of the moon landing reflect a historic achievement during a turbulent time," 18 July 2019 Whether the topic is picking old locks or smelting or gathering basket willow, history YouTube comments sections are wholesome places, full of follow-up questions and people marveling at how soothing the video is. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019 It’s packed with people marveling, maybe more than anything else, at the climax: Swift and Perry, dressed respectively as french fries and a hamburger, hugging. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Taylor Swift Seems to Think Homophobes Are ‘Throwing Shade’," 17 June 2019 Guests, many of which were sporting the brand, marveled at the 60-foot tall beaded necklace situated in the middle of the four-story staircase. Vogue, "Chanel Honors Peter Marino, The Architect Who Completely Redesigned the New York Flagship," 18 Jan. 2019 Oh, and what’s more, there wasn’t one—but two—images of the pair to flip back and forth between, marveling at what can only be described as an engagement ring. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Wears a Diamond on Her Left Hand," 15 Aug. 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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