[ mahr-buh l ]
/ ˈmɑr bəl /



verb (used with object), mar·bled, mar·bling.

to color or stain like variegated marble.
to apply a decorative pattern to (paper, the edges of a book, etc.) by transferring oil pigments floating on water.

Nearby words

  1. marañon's sign,
  2. marañón,
  3. maraş,
  4. marbelize,
  5. marbella,
  6. marble bone disease,
  7. marble bones,
  8. marble cake,
  9. marble orchard,
  10. marble, alice

Origin of marble

1150–1200; Middle English marbel, dissimilated variant of Old English marmel (in marmelstān marble stone) < Latin marmor < Greek mármaros, akin to marmaírein to sparkle

Related formsmar·bler, nounun·mar·bled, adjective


[ mahr-buh l ]
/ ˈmɑr bəl /


Alice,1913–90, U.S. tennis player. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for marble


/ (ˈmɑːbəl) /



(tr) to mottle with variegated streaks in imitation of marble


cold, hard, or unresponsive
white like some kinds of marble
See also marbles

Derived Formsmarbled, adjectivemarbler, nounmarbly, adjective

Word Origin for marble

C12: via Old French from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros, related to Greek marmairein to gleam

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Word Origin and History for marble
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Science definitions for marble


[ märbəl ]

A metamorphic rock consisting primarily of calcite and dolomite. Marble is formed by the metamorphism of limestone. Although it is usually white to gray in color, it often has irregularly colored marks due to the presence of impurities such as silica and clay. Marble is used especially in sculpture and as a building material.
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Idioms and Phrases with marble


see have all one's buttons (marbles).

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