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First attested from 1300, from Middle English merveile, 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).



marvel (plural marvels)

  1. That which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.
    • 2017 December 1, Tom Breihan, “Mad Max: Fury Road might already be the best action movie ever made”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      He found ways to film fiery, elaborate car-wrecks, keeping everything visually clear and beautiful without killing or even seriously injuring anyone. On a sheer technical level, the movie is a marvel.
  2. Wonder, astonishment.
    • (Can we date this quote by Sir Walter Scott and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Use lessens marvel.

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marvel (third-person singular simple present marvels, present participle (UK) marvelling or (US) marveling, simple past and past participle (UK) marvelled or (US) marveled)

  1. (intransitive) To become filled with wonderment or admiration; to be amazed at something.
    • Bible, 1 John iii. 13
      Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To marvel at.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete, transitive, used impersonally) To cause to marvel or be surprised.