[ mahr-vuhl ]
See synonyms for: marvelmarveledmarvelingmarvelled on

  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

Other words from marvel

  • mar·vel·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use marvel in a sentence

  • Then they put their nipped and tucked creations into a ski-flexing machine, take down the numbers, and nod at the marvel of their lightweight strength.

    These New Skis Have Gone Too Far | Kimberly Beekman | February 4, 2021 | Outside Online
  • When they heard the story they marvelled and swore they had never heard of any gratitude in a guerrilla's heart before.

  • And he gave him no answer, not even to one word: insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

    His Last Week | William E. Barton
  • But Garnache caught the trend of her mind, and he marvelled to see how strong a habit of thought can be.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • Evelyn Cadwalader was always of delicate health, and when a quick consumption carried her off no one marvelled.

    The Circular Study | Anna Katharine Green
  • Jane marvelled at the concessions that had been made to her, at the extent to which things were being done for her.

    The Creators | May Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for marvel


/ (ˈmɑːvəl) /

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

  1. something that causes wonder

  2. archaic astonishment

Origin of marvel

C13: from Old French merveille, from Late Latin mīrābilia, from Latin mīrābilis, from mīrārī to wonder at

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