- 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 marvelling
In this teaching, and marvelling ever at its beauty, Edward grew to manhood.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
I am marvelling, for one thing, that you should have waited thirty years.The Lion's Skin
Marvelling at the greatness of her spirit, he grew—all unconsciously—the more enslaved.Love-at-Arms
When the Hyrcanians heard this they led the way as he ordered, marvelling at his strength of soul.Cyropaedia
Often as she slept I watched her, marvelling at the fine perfection of her face.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- (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 and History for marvelling
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.