Marvel definition

märvəl
The definition of a marvel is something unusual, wonderful or astounding.

An example of a marvel is a really cool new phone or computer, which is a marvel of technology.

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(archaic) Strong surprise; astonishment.
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To become filled with wonder or astonishment.
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To feel amazement or bewilderment at or about.

We marveled that they walked away unhurt from the car accident.

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That which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.
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A wonderful or astonishing thing; prodigy or miracle.
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(archaic) Astonishment.
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To be filled with admiring surprise; be amazed; wonder.
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(intransitive) To become filled with wonderment or admiration; to be amazed at something.
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One that evokes surprise, admiration, or wonder.
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The original code name for Microsoft Network.
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To marvel is defined as to express or feel wonder, astonishment or surprise.

When a person is shocked and surprised at a gift, this is an example of a person who marvels at a gift.

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To wonder at or about.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
marvel
Plural:
marvels

Origin of marvel

  • Middle English marvail from Old French merveille from Vulgar Latin miribilia alteration of Latin mīrābilia wonderful things from neuter pl. of mīrābilis wonderful from mīrārī to wonder from mīrus wonderful smei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested from 1300, from Middle English marvail, from Old French merveille (“a wonder"), from Vulgar Latin *miribilia, from Latin mirabilia (“wonderful things"), from neuter plural of mirabilis (“strange, wonderful"), from miror (“I wonder at"), from mirus (“wonderful").

    From Wiktionary