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 marveling

stare, gape, goggle, gaze, wonder

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.

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    The Real Nightmare of Ferguson

    James Poulos

    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.

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    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.

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    Obama's Victory Lap Will Be Short

    Jack W. Germond

    May 11, 2011

Historical Examples of marveling


British Dictionary definitions for marveling

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 marveling

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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