Definition of marvel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːv(ə)l/

verb (marvels, marvelling, marvelled; US marvels, marveling, marveled)

[no object]
Be filled with wonder or astonishment: she marvelled at Geoffrey’s composure [with direct speech]: ‘It looks huge,’ marvelled Clare
More example sentences
  • Finally satisfied, I sat down once again, and stared out to the horizon, marvelling at the wonders of the natural world.
  • Most of the people it seemed spent their time walking around aimlessly or staring and marvelling at the fires in pits outside their homes.
  • The girl or woman he was addressing seemed to be expected to sit in silence, marvelling at the brilliance of the person orating at her.
be amazed, be filled with amazement, be astonished, be surprised, be awed, stand in awe, wonder, be full of wonder, stare, gape, goggle, not believe one's eyes/ears, not know what to say, be dumbfounded;
admire, applaud, think highly of, respect, venerate, appreciate
informal be flabbergasted


A wonderful or astonishing person or thing: the marvels of technology
More example sentences
  • If we adopt a responsible approach to our use of the Internet we can only expand our horizons through the marvel of this new technology.
  • Custom barrels are marvels of technology and worth their price.
  • He can still credit marvels, the little miracles and epiphanies that rise out of our daily lives.
wonder, miracle, wonderful thing, amazing thing, sensation, spectacle, phenomenon;
genius, miracle worker, prodigy, paragon, virtuoso, wizard
informal something else, something to shout about, something to write home about, eye-opener
whizz, whizz-kid, ninja



Example sentences
  • I desperately want and need to be a marveler of the world - I think marveling goes hand in hand with imagining and believing in impossible things - and yet… I'm deeply dissatisfied with amount and quality of marveling I actually do on an ordinary day.
  • Myself, I am a star marveler, but it seems to me that they are not as many or as bright as they were when I was a child.
  • I am an inventor, appliance repair man, collector, and above all marveler at the odd and out of the ordinary.


Middle English (as a noun): from Old French merveille, from late Latin mirabilia, neuter plural of Latin mirabilis 'wonderful', from mirari 'wonder at'.

  • miracle from Middle English:

    In Latin a miraculum was ‘an object of wonder’ and was formed from mirus ‘wonderful’. These also lie behind admiration (Late Middle English) and marvel (Middle English).

Words that rhyme with marvel

Havel, larval, Marvell, rondavel

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