- 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
Examples from the Web for marveling
Contemporary Examples of marveling
Reporting it; linking to it; commenting on it; marveling at it; expressing shock and disgust about it.The Real Nightmare of Ferguson
August 15, 2014
She pulls up a chair, takes a seat and touches every part of him, head to toe, marveling at how peaceful he looks.Inside a Home Funeral
Melissa Roberts Weidman
February 5, 2013
Cable pundits who were burying him two weeks ago were marveling at this remarkable turn of events.Obama's Victory Lap Will Be Short
Jack W. Germond
May 11, 2011
Historical Examples of marveling
"Tell me, then," Anders said, marveling a little at his equanimity.Warm
All were looking at the dog now, marveling at its odd behavior.The Radiant Shell
Sleepless, she tossed, marveling at how close his death had come home to her.Laramie Holds the Range
Frank H. Spearman
He covered her face, and, marveling at her words, looked ahead."Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea
Marveling over this, and astonished at it, we fell silent and spoke no more.Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
- (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, "to be filled with wonder," from Old French merveillier "to wonder at, be astonished," from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Related: Marveled; marveling.
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.