[ mahr-vuhl ]
/ ˈmɑr vəl /
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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.
verb (used with object), mar·veled, mar·vel·ing or (especially British) mar·velled, mar·vel·ling.
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.
verb (used without object), mar·veled, mar·vel·ing or (especially British) mar·velled, mar·vel·ling.
to be filled with wonder, admiration, or astonishment, as at something surprising or extraordinary: I marvel at your courage.
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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 marvelmar·vel·ment, noun
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How to use marvel in a sentence
And the Lady Bedrulbudour also fell to looking and marvelling at the palace 499 and its magnificence.Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp|John Payne
We 43 lingered long near this statue of the great goddess of the Ephesians, marvelling wherein lay the secret of her power.Italian Days and Ways|Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
Humbly marvelling, he did as she told him, but avoided all further risks.Ramsey Milholland|Booth Tarkington
He wore a smile; he repeatedly shrugged his shoulders, as though marvelling at his own folly.A Desperate Character and Other Stories|Ivan Turgenev
Weyburn still read the world as it came to him, by bite, marvelling at this and that, after the fashion of most of us.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for marvel
/ (ˈmɑːvəl) /
verb -vels, -velling or -velled or US -vels, -veling or -veled
(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
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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