Definition of marble noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrbl//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a type of hard stone that is usually white and often has coloured lines in it. It can be polished and is used in building and for making statues, etc. a slab/block of marble a marble floor/sculpture a statue of Cupid carved in black marble sculptures in polished white marble See related entries: Construction
  2. 2[countable] a small ball of coloured glass that children roll along the ground in a game
  3. 3 marbles [uncountable] a game played with marbles Three boys were playing marbles.
  4. 4marbles [plural] (informal) a way of referring to somebody’s intelligence or mental ability He's losing his marbles (= he's not behaving in a sensible way).
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French (variant of marbre), from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros ‘shining stone’, associated with marmairein ‘to shine’.
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