AskDefine | Define marvel

Dictionary Definition

marvel n : something that causes feelings of wonder; "the wonders of modern science" [syn: wonder]


1 be amazed at; "We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities" [syn: wonder]
2 express astonishment or surprise about something [also: marvelling, marvelled]

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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 mirari to wonder at, from mirus wonderful.



  1. That which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.
  2. Surprise, astonishment.



  1. To become filled with wonderment or admiration; to be amazed at something.


Extensive Definition

Marvel or marvel can refer to:
marvel in Italian: Marvel
marvel in French: Marvel (homonymie)
marvel in Dutch: Marvel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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