marvel

[mahr-vuh l]
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noun
  1. something that causes wonder, admiration, or astonishment; a wonderful thing; a wonder or prodigy: The new bridge is an engineering marvel.
  2. Archaic. the feeling of wonder; astonishment.
verb (used with object), mar·veled, mar·vel·ing or (especially British) mar·velled, mar·vel·ling.
  1. to wonder at (usually followed by a clause as object): I marvel that you were able to succeed against such odds.
  2. to wonder or be curious about (usually followed by a clause as object): A child marvels that the stars can be.
verb (used without object), mar·veled, mar·vel·ing or (especially British) mar·velled, mar·vel·ling.
  1. to be filled with wonder, admiration, or astonishment, as at something surprising or extraordinary: I marvel at your courage.

Origin of marvel

1250–1300; Middle English mervel < Old French merveil(l)e < Late Latin mīrābilia marvels, noun use of neuter plural of Latin mīrābilis marvelous. See admirable
Related formsmar·vel·ment, noun
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Related Words for marveled

stare, gape, goggle, gaze, wonder

Examples from the Web for marveled

Contemporary Examples of marveled

Historical Examples of marveled

  • He marveled dully over the sensation—it was wholly new to him.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • And he waited, and marveled that he could fall so tremendous a distance.

    The Finding of Haldgren

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • We saw them in the procession, and marveled greatly at the color of their hair and eyes.

  • He did not, though he marveled at a new tenderness in her that had been born in the night.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

  • He marveled at the dexterity with which she lifted him against her slim shoulder.

    Highacres

    Jane Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for marveled

marvel

verb -vels, -velling or -velled or US -vels, -veling or -veled
  1. (when intr, often foll by at or about; when tr, takes a clause as object) to be filled with surprise or wonder
noun
  1. something that causes wonder
  2. archaic astonishment

Word Origin for marvel

C13: from Old French merveille, from Late Latin mīrābilia, from Latin mīrābilis, from mīrārī to wonder at
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Word Origin and History for marveled

marvel

v.

c.1300, "to be filled with wonder," from Old French merveillier "to wonder at, be astonished," from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Related: Marveled; marveling.

marvel

n.

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.

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