[mahr-sel; French mar-sel]
  1. Ga·bri·el [ga-bree-el] /ga briˈɛl/, 1887–1973, French philosopher, dramatist, and critic.
  2. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for gabriel marcel


  1. Also called: marcel wave a hairstyle characterized by repeated regular waves, popular in the 1920s
verb -cels, -celling or -celled
  1. (tr) to make such waves in (the hair) with special hot irons
Derived Formsmarceller, noun

Word Origin for marcel

C20: after Marcel Grateau (1852–1936), French hairdresser


  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)
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