- 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 marvelled
Historical Examples of marvelled
"I marvelled at your courage in talking to her as you did," said Eudora.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
With his whole soul, he marvelled at her softness and relaxation.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
For all felt a blow to be impending, and only marvelled at its being so long withheld.In the Valley
And Pierre marvelled at finding him such as he had anticipated.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
They called it the Free Level, and I marvelled at the nature of this freedom.City of Endless Night
- (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.