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 origins of China’s real estate mania China’s housing market is an economic marvel. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "China’s debt disease might wreck its uncrashable housing market," 11 June 2019 Another architectural marvel lies across the road: the Saigon Central Post Office, constructed by French architect Marie-Alfred Foulhoux in 1891. Sayoni Sinha, National Geographic, "Craft brews and skyline views: The ultimate Ho Chi Minh City itinerary," 3 June 2019 The Crater’s Eye, among his largest Skyspaces, is an acoustic marvel. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "James Turrell’s New Masterpiece in the Desert," 14 Jan. 2019 Versions of the whole, roasted Cantonese duck have bounced on and off the menu for years, and the bird is still a marvel of texture: Its sweet-sticky exterior, baroquely crisp, yields beautifully to rich, moist flesh. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Spago at middle age: Is Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant still relevant?," 27 June 2019 Cucina Sorella’s 7-inch, deep-dish pies are a refreshing departure: The crust is a marvel of crunch and flavor, making it more like a masterful Italian vegetable tart than a pizza. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 places to try: For pizza to pasta, pastries to pad Thai — and biscuits!," 13 June 2019 The Chernobyl finale is also a marvel of episodic structure As mentioned above, Chernobyl’s first episode begins with the explosion, which is seen not up close but through a kitchen window in the nearby town of Pripyat. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Chernobyl’s stellar finale makes a case for the show as science fiction," 9 June 2019 The winery, an architectural marvel built by local designer Smiljan Radic, has an excellent hotel and restaurant. Fortune, "14 Perfect Date Night Ideas in Cities Around the World," 13 Feb. 2018 Pricey wine flows in five-star hotels, work continues on a new metro system, and a striking National Museum, shaped as a series of giant intersecting discs, is set to become the city’s latest architectural marvel. Written By Declan Walsh; Photographs By Tomas Munita, New York Times, "Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It," 22 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nevertheless, Leedskalnin left behind a wonder for visitors to marvel at and take amazing pictures. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Picture perfect: 12 South Florida spots that are sure to make you Instagram famous," 9 July 2019 Here's another amazing sea turtle hatchling moment to marvel at. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A touching flag tribute, an engagement pic mystery and some cool turtle stuff," 6 July 2019 To see the Smith children now is to marvel at the human spirit. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "A decade after tragedy, Peru's Chris Smith honors late wife's memory at U.S. Senior Open," 27 June 2019 Do yourself a favor and click through this album to marvel at this major volume. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Gabrielle Union Cut Her Natural Hair Into a Choppy Bob for Summer," 10 June 2019 Settled into their private contemporary bush farmhouse on the Phinda Game Reserve, the Getty crew spent their afternoons marveling at the sight of wild zebras, elephants, giraffes, and more. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Rosetta Getty Takes Spring Break on a South African Safari," 9 May 2019 Some prayed and other marveled as Father Garcia spoke about the event to celebrate the solar illumination. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Father David Garcia has left an indelible mark on his hometown," 27 June 2019 And Grammys showrunner Ken Ehrlich marveled at how the musician’s love of his hometown seeped through every song. Hanna Krueger, nola.com, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 Anyone who was around Chicago’s North Side in the 1990s couldn’t help but marvel at how much has changed. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "A fun party, but 'Ms. Blakk for President' at Steppenwolf needs a dose of Chicago truth," 4 June 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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