- something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment; a wonderful thing; a wonder or prodigy: The new bridge is an engineering marvel.
- Archaic. the feeling of wonder; astonishment.
- to wonder at (usually followed by a clause as object): I marvel that you were able to succeed against such odds.
- to wonder or be curious about (usually followed by a clause as object): A child marvels that the stars can be.
- to be filled with wonder, admiration, or astonishment, as at something surprising or extraordinary: I marvel at your courage.
Origin of marvel
Related Words for marvelgenius, miracle, stare, gape, phenomenon, sensation, prodigy, stunner, whiz, curiosity, portent, goggle, gaze, wonder
Examples from the Web for marvel
Contemporary Examples of marvel
But relative to centuries past, America is a marvel of domestic tranquility.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Same goes for the comic book character “Captain America,” which Marvel announced in July would be now be portrayed as a black man.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
As part of their ambitious film schedule, Marvel has cast British actor Benedict Cumberbatch to play the doctor in 2016.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician
December 8, 2014
I have a great relationship with the Marvel team, and the character of Heimdall.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle
December 6, 2014
We can only hope that she will marvel at how much the city and country have changed.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of marvel
I marvel at the sense of duty, the resignation, the sacrifice.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
But don't you marvel at me too much, for I'm a very good sort of fellow when you know me.
But that's that braggart, major Marvel—and a marvel he is, I can tell you!
The bed was a marvel of pink and white drapery; so was the dressing-bureau.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"Nor can I marvel at that," said she, with a little tinkling laugh.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- (when intr, often foll by at or about; when tr, takes a clause as object) to be filled with surprise or wonder
- something that causes wonder
- archaic astonishment
Word Origin for marvel
c.1300, "miracle," also "wonderful story or legend," from Old French merveille "a wonder, surprise, miracle," from Vulgar Latin *miribilia (also source of Spanish maravilla, Portuguese maravilha, Italian maraviglia), altered from Latin mirabilia "wonderful things," from neuter plural of mirabilis "wonderful, marvelous, extraordinary; strange, singular," from mirari "to wonder at," from mirus "wonderful" (see smile). A neuter plural treated in Vulgar Latin as a feminine singular. Related: Marvels.
c.1300, "to be filled with wonder," from Old French merveillier "to wonder at, be astonished," from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Related: Marveled; marveling.