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

The marvel and terror of his dreaming are the central draw for McCraney's debut TV project, which often flirts with elements of magical realism. Wired, "David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV," 28 Aug. 2019 Simply, Rivers is one of the health marvels of his era. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Rivers is why Chargers’ “injury luck” is better than often portrayed," 20 Aug. 2019 From geological wonders to marvels of engineering, here are 10 family-friendly destinations that have been recognized for their universal value. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 The astonishing building, a technological and artistic marvel in that day and this, survived scarred but intact through the Reformation, the French Revolution, the Nazi invasion and other horrors of the 20th century. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Notre Dame in Flames," 15 Apr. 2019 The medium represents a mash-up of modern technological marvels — computer vision, haptics, artificial intelligence — and more conventional creative endeavors, like screenwriting and character animation. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality," 14 June 2018 At one time, this attachment was a modern technological marvel. Sunset, "Night Gardening, Easy Squeezing, and 6 Other Gardening Ideas That Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time," 22 Jan. 2018 According to legend, this geological marvel is the handiwork of mythical warrior Fionn MacCumhaill (or Finn McCool), who conjured his heroic strength and built a bridge across the Irish Sea to attack foes in the Scottish Hebrides. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 Like any significant weather, flash floods are a marvel of nature that can be fascinating to watch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Desert travelers should be wary of potential flash floods," 27 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It’s 30 minutes to the Pacific Ocean, most of the drive snaking through Navarro River Redwoods State Park (parks.ca.gov), where towering trees line the road, begging you to pull over and marvel. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "Mendocino calls as dining destination," 18 Aug. 2019 Don't be boring, run the risk and get him in - and then probably marvel as Pep Guardiola switches things up against Tottenham, leaving Mahrez with a watching only brief. SI.com, "Fantasy Premier League: Who's Hot and Who's Not in Gameweek 2," 14 Aug. 2019 The cruelty of how the US persecutes those who have broken its laws is something many Europeans marvel at. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "The world wonders what's happened to America," 10 Aug. 2019 The animated adventures of DC Comics sidekicks like Superboy and Kid Flash were well received in 2010, so much so that fanboys marveled after their cancellation after only two seasons on the Cartoon Network. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Superheroes behaving badly: 12 crusading TV series target mature audiences," 4 Aug. 2019 Editor’s Suite Choice: Be sure to ask for one of the 12 Suite Rooms and marvel at the intricate Japanese craftsmanship that includes walls of rosewood and maple, shoji paper screens and sliding glass doors etched with flowers and birds. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Nice and Slow: 3 Luxurious Train Journeys Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime," 29 July 2019 Don’t miss the Diamond Fund inside the Armory where guests can marvel at the crown of Tsarina Catherine the Great. Aanchal Anand, National Geographic, "Russian secrets? Here’s the ultimate Moscow itinerary," 16 July 2019 Gregarious and charming, Passage had an irresistible attraction for travelers coming up the highway: tiger cubs, playthings that padded on oversize paws among marveling visitors who paid to stroke their dense fur. oregonlive.com, "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 2019 Fractioned The Padres have a math problem: 5/8 + 3/8 = 5/8 – 3/8 The drop-off at which opponents marvel can be looked at two ways. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: Padres’ season could get even more compelling in second half," 11 July 2019

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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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