- to wave (the hair) by means of special irons, producing the effect of regular, continuous waves (marcel waves).
- a marcelling.
- a marcelled condition.
Origin of marcel
First recorded in 1890–95; named after Marcel Grateau (1852–1936), French hairdresser who originated it
[mahr-sel; French mar-sel]
- Ga·bri·el [ga-bree-el] /ga briˈɛl/, 1887–1973, French philosopher, dramatist, and critic.
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for marcel
Marcel the elephant takes readers on a journey through his life, recounting his memories full of travel and adventure.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Blue Ivy in Your Life
November 29, 2014
The priest for the Creole ceremony was Father Marcel Saint Jean.Mother Cabrini, Saint of the Green Card
November 11, 2014
That August, she and Camp co-wrote the first Marcel the Shell video.The Casual Genius of Jenny Slate: ‘Marcel the Shell,’ ‘Obvious Child,’ and the Ghost of ‘SNL’
October 17, 2014
She saw herself as part of a larger tradition that includes Honore de Balzac, Leo Tolstoy, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Mann.Still Desperately Seeking Susan Sontag
September 26, 2014
The third group came in the 1930s because of Adolf Hitler: Anni Albers, Ruth Adler Schnee, Marcel Breuer.How Jews Created American Modernism
August 1, 2014
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
Marcel—well, Marcel of Chelsea may be poor, but his is only a relative poverty.Nights in London
- Also called: marcel wave a hairstyle characterized by repeated regular waves, popular in the 1920s
- (tr) to make such waves in (the hair) with special hot irons
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)