Gender Feminine & Masculine
Pronounced Pron. MAHR-vel (African American), MAHR-vel, MAHR-vul (English)
Other Forms FormsMarvell, Marvie, Marvelle
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Contributor Contrib.. on 6/12/2009
Last Editor EditorLMS on 5/15/2018
From the English word meaning "miracle" and/or "wonderful story or legend", derived from Old French merveille "a wonder", from Latin mirabilia "wonderful things", which is the neuter plural form of mirabilis "strange or wonderful, admirable, amazing", from mirari "to wonder at", from mirus "wonderful" (the word "smile" shares this root). The verb ("to marvel") is attested from c.1300.