or mar·mo·re·an

[mahr-mawr-ee-uh l, -mohr-]


of or like marble: skin of marmoreal smoothness.

Origin of marmoreal

1790–1800; < Latin marmore(us) made of marble (see marble, -eous) + -al1
Related formsmar·mo·re·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for marmoreal


Examples from the Web for marmoreal

Historical Examples of marmoreal

  • Gods, whom Art ever must avow, Ruled the marmoreal sky's demesne.

  • It has been tender and fiery, severe and voluminous, gorgeous and marmoreal, in turns.

  • The marmoreal and academic work seemed wonderfully warm and original in that room at Bycars.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett

  • He was the creator of that opulent type of female beauty with marmoreal neck and bosom uberous so characteristic of Venetian art.

  • His prophetic assurance cast a fresh shade of apprehension over her marmoreal brow.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for marmoreal


less commonly marmorean


of, relating to, or resembling marblea marmoreal complexion
Derived Formsmarmoreally, adverb

Word Origin for marmoreal

C18: from Latin marmoreus, from marmor marble
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Word Origin and History for marmoreal

"resembling marble," 1798, from Latin marmoreus "of marble," from marmor (see marble) + -al (1).

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