- a hard, crystalline or granular, metamorphic limestone, white or variously colored and sometimes streaked or mottled, which can take a high polish: it is much used in building and sculpture
- a piece or slab of this stone, used as a monument, inscribed record, etc.
- a piece of sculpture in marble
- anything resembling or suggesting marble in hardness, smoothness, coldness, coloration, etc.
- a little ball of stone, glass, or clay, used in games
- [pl., with sing. v.] a children's game in which a marble is propelled by the thumb at other marbles, usually in an attempt to drive them out of a marked circle
- a marbled pattern; marbling
- [pl.]Slang mental soundness; sanity; wits: to lose one's marbles
Origin of marbleMiddle English marble, marbre from Old French marbre from Classical Latin marmor from Classical Greek marmaros, white stone, origin, originally boulder (meaning influenced, influence by marmairein, to shine) from Indo-European base an unverified form mer-, to rub from source mare
- made or consisting of marble
- like marble in some way; hard, cold, smooth, white, etc., or streaked, mottled, etc.
transitive verb-·bled, -·bling
go for all the marbles
Origin of marblesee marblenoun