Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

marcel

[mahr-sel] /mɑrˈsɛl/
verb (used with object), marcelled, marcelling.
1.
to wave (the hair) by means of special irons, producing the effect of regular, continuous waves (marcel waves)
noun
2.
a marcelling.
3.
a marcelled condition.
Origin of marcel
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95; named after Marcel Grateau (1852-1936), French hairdresser who originated it
Related forms
marceller, noun

Marcel

[mahr-sel; French mar-sel] /mɑrˈsɛl; French marˈsɛl/
noun
1.
Gabriel
[ga-bree-el] /ga briˈɛl/ (Show IPA),
1887–1973, French philosopher, dramatist, and critic.
2.
a male given name.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for marcel
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • But, marcel, my friend, you are a rich man one of the richest in France.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • In that tired way of his that was so pathetic: "Do you love me a little, marcel?"

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Ask him—if you have any sense of your duty—ask him am I not marcel de Bardelys.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • He said slowly: "You are aware, marcel, that—that she is dead?"

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • marcel—well, marcel of Chelsea may be poor, but his is only a relative poverty.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
British Dictionary definitions for marcel

marcel

/mɑːˈsɛl/
noun
1.
Also called marcel wave. a hairstyle characterized by repeated regular waves, popular in the 1920s
verb -cels, -celling, -celled
2.
(transitive) to make such waves in (the hair) with special hot irons
Derived Forms
marceller, noun
Word Origin
C20: after Marcel Grateau (1852–1936), French hairdresser

Marcel

/French marsɛl/
noun
1.
Gabriel (Honoré) (ɡabriɛl). 1889–1973, French Christian existentialist philosopher and dramatist, whose philosophical works include Being and Having (1949) and The Mystery of Being (1951)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for marcel

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for marcel

10
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for marcel