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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: marbre, from Latin marmor, from Greek marmaros


1 [uncountable]HEGTB a type of hard rock that becomes smooth when it is polished, and is used for making buildings, statues etc:
The columns were of white marble.
a marble statue
2 [countable]DGO a small coloured glass ball that children roll along the ground as part of a game


[uncountable]DGO a game played by children using marbles

lose your marbles

informalPM to start behaving in a crazy way [= go mad]
5 [countable]AVS a statue or sculpture made of marble

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