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verb (used with object), mar·celled, mar·cel·ling.
  1. to wave (the hair) by means of special irons, producing the effect of regular, continuous waves (marcel waves).
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  1. a marcelling.
  2. a marcelled condition.
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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]
  1. Ga·bri·el [ga-bree-el] /ga briˈɛl/, 1887–1973, French philosopher, dramatist, and critic.
  2. a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for marcel

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Historical Examples

  • But, Marcel, my friend, you are a rich man one of the richest in France.

  • In that tired way of his that was so pathetic: "Do you love me a little, Marcel?"

  • Ask him—if you have any sense of your duty—ask him am I not Marcel de Bardelys.

  • 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


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

Word Origin

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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