What does marvel mean?

Definitions for marvel
ˈmɑr vəlmar·vel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wonder, marvelverb

    something that causes feelings of wonder

    "the wonders of modern science"

  2. wonder, marvelverb

    be amazed at

    "We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities"

  3. marvelverb

    express astonishment or surprise about something


  1. marvelnoun

    That which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle.

  2. marvelnoun

    Surprise, astonishment.

  3. marvelverb

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

  4. Etymology: First attested from 1300, from marvail, from merveille, from Vulgar Latin *, from Latin mirabilia, from neuter plural of mirabilis, from mirari, from mirus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Marvelnoun

    A wonder; any thing astonishing. Little in use.

    Etymology: merveille, French.

    A marvel it were, if a man could espy, in the whole scripture, nothing which might breed a probable opinion, that divine authority was the same way inclinable. Richard Hooker.

    I am scarce in breath, my lord.
    —— No marvel, you have so bestir’d your valour; you cowardly rascal! William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    No marvel
    My lord protector’s hawks do towre so well. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Marvelverb

    To wonder; to be astonished. Disused.

    Etymology: merveille, French.

    You make me marvel. William Shakespeare.

    Harry, I do not only marvel where thou spendest thy time, but also how thou art accompanied. William Shakespeare.

    —— The army marvelled at it. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The countries marvelled at thee for thy songs, proverbs, and parables. Ecclus. xlvii. 17.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marvelnoun

    that which causes wonder; a prodigy; a miracle

  2. Marvelnoun


  3. Marvelverb

    to be struck with surprise, astonishment, or wonder; to wonder

  4. Marvelverb

    to marvel at

  5. Marvelverb

    to cause to marvel, or be surprised; -- used impersonally

  6. Etymology: [OE. merveilen, OF. merveillier.]


  1. Marvel

    Marvel is an unincorporated town and a U.S. Post Office located in La Plata County, Colorado, United States, on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. While the town lies within the Reservation on most maps, the land within and around the town is owned by private landowners and the actual reservation only starts several miles to the South and East of Marvel. The area was homesteaded in the late-1800s and early-1900s with ranching, farming, and oil extraction being the main economic drivers in the region. The area around Marvel is very dry and the region becomes more and more arid as one travels towards the New Mexico border and further away from the La Plata mountains. The Marvel Post Office has the ZIP Code 81329.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Marvel

    mär′vel, n. a wonder: anything astonishing or wonderful: astonishment.—v.i. to wonder: to feel astonishment:—pr.p. mar′velling; pa.t. and pa.p. mar′velled.adj. Mar′vellous, astonishing: almost or altogether beyond belief: improbable.—adv. Mar′vellously.—n. Mar′vellousness. [Fr. merveille—L. mirabilis, wonderful—mirāri, to wonder.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Marvel is ranked #8523 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Marvel surname appeared 3,862 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Marvel.

    90.4% or 3,492 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 137 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 89 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 75 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 43 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 26 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of marvel in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of marvel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of marvel in a Sentence

  1. Paul Dergarabedian:

    The summer season usually doesnt start until the first weekend of May, but Marvel can bend the calendar to their will, they can say, Were going the last Friday in April, heres your summer.

  2. David Yates:

    To be in a room full of people who genuinely put so much of their time and attention into following what happens in these various worlds - whether it's Marvel or Potter - it's primarily why we make movies, fantastic Beasts.

  3. Scott C. Holstad:

    Orange fluff ball, Rocky is an 18-pound marvel of love, so fluffy, he looks like he’s 26 pounds. He scares the local dogs just by sitting and staring at them. Rocky’s there for me when I get home, purrs when he wants to, leads me to the food bowl when he needs to, licks me in an attempt to heal my wounds, loves cellophane, red ribbons, left over chicken. Rocky, my best friend, is my orange fluff ball, and I wish I could share him with the world.

  4. James Gunn:

    I just think it seems awful cynical that he would keep coming out against Marvel and then that is the only thing that would get him press for his movie, he's creating his movie in the shadow of the Marvel films, and so he uses that to get attention for something he wasn't getting as much attention as he wanted for it.

  5. Charles Lamb:

    Cleanliness, said some sage man, is next to godliness. It may be, but how it came to sit so near is the marvel.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. ectomorphic
    • B. butch
    • C. eminent
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