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marcel

[mahr-sel] /mɑrˈsɛl/
verb (used with object), marcelled, marcelling.
1.
to wave (the hair) by means of special irons, producing the effect of regular, continuous waves (marcel waves)
noun
2.
a marcelling.
3.
a marcelled condition.
Origin of marcel
1890-1895
1890-95; named after Marcel Grateau (1852-1936), French hairdresser who originated it
Related forms
marceller, noun

Marcel

[mahr-sel; French mar-sel] /mɑrˈsɛl; French marˈsɛl/
noun
1.
Gabriel
[ga-bree-el] /ga briˈɛl/ (Show IPA),
1887–1973, French philosopher, dramatist, and critic.
2.
a male given name.
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  • marcel shook his head, and his eyes were full of a boyish humour.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • But, marcel, my friend, you are a rich man one of the richest in France.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • marcel was some time cleaning up the kitchen, and his masters and he buried the poor cat in the garden under the pagoda.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • marcel—well, marcel of Chelsea may be poor, but his is only a relative poverty.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • Julyman with a club was busy, with little marcel's assistance, beating off the ferocious welcome of dogs of the post.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for marcel

marcel

/mɑːˈsɛl/
noun
1.
Also called marcel wave. a hairstyle characterized by repeated regular waves, popular in the 1920s
verb -cels, -celling, -celled
2.
(transitive) to make such waves in (the hair) with special hot irons
Derived Forms
marceller, noun
Word Origin
C20: after Marcel Grateau (1852–1936), French hairdresser

Marcel

/French marsɛl/
noun
1.
Gabriel (Honoré) (ɡabriɛl). 1889–1973, French Christian existentialist philosopher and dramatist, whose philosophical works include Being and Having (1949) and The Mystery of Being (1951)
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