verb (used with object), mar·celled, mar·cel·ling.

to wave (the hair) by means of special irons, producing the effect of regular, continuous waves (marcel waves).


a marcelling.
a marcelled condition.

Nearby words

  1. marcantonio,
  2. marcasite,
  3. marcato,
  4. marceau,
  5. marceau, marcel,
  6. marcel, gabriel,
  7. marcella,
  8. marcellinus,
  9. marcellinus ammianus,
  10. marcello

Origin of marcel

First recorded in 1890–95; named after Marcel Grateau (1852–1936), French hairdresser who originated it

Related formsmar·cel·ler, noun


[mahr-sel; French mar-sel]


Ga·bri·el [ga-bree-el] /ga briˈɛl/, 1887–1973, French philosopher, dramatist, and critic.
a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for marcel



Also called: marcel wave a hairstyle characterized by repeated regular waves, popular in the 1920s

verb -cels, -celling or -celled

(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



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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