Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling marble, as in smoothness, whiteness, or hardness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling marble or a marble statue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, marble; made of marble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or resembling marble; having the properties of marble; marble-like.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of marble

Etymologies

From Latin marmoreus, from marmor, marble.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin marmoreus, from marmor ("marble"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It does Mr. Chernow no disservice to regard his biography as a culmination of a long biographical tradition that has divested Washington of his marmoreal armor.

    O Captain, Our Captain

  • Comedies opera buffa such as this made opera seria look marmoreal.

    Opera through the ages

  • If "Salt" makes anything clear, it's that the most superhuman stunt Jolie performs in the movie can't be found in the over-the-top set pieces, or in her deceptively layered performance as the film's slippery title character -- or even in the marmoreal perfection she has reached as a physically flawless screen object.

    Action figure: Angelina Jolie is out to prove she's an actress worth her 'Salt'

  • More deeply psychological than the first two, "Eclipse" goes further not just in advancing the story but also in illuminating the tension that Bella embodies -- between autonomy and surrender -- and clarifying her desire to become a bloodless, marmoreal being who has no human connections.

    'Eclipse' movie goes deep into obsessions of those living in 'Twilight'

  • The Swedish pixie-outlaw Lisbeth Salander returns in the second of a trilogy of thrillers (after “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) to smite her enemies with electronic wizardry and marmoreal eyes.

    A Book Lover’s Summer

  • Pale, marmoreal Eliot was there last week, like a chapped office boy on a high stool, with a cold in his head, until he warms a little, which he did.

    Blogging vs. Journaling

  • John Updike described her writing as marmoreal and elegant – thus pasted in the back of book “That Mighty Sculptor, Time”.

    Marguerite Yourcenar – Madame Bibliotheque

  • At the gala opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's New Greek and Roman Galleries, last spring, the cynosure in the skylit atrium was neither a society starlet in borrowed couture nor one of her 2,000-year-old marmoreal counterparts.

    The Shape of Thighs to Come

  • He knew Florence in its marmoreal smoothness and in its gritty and cobbled roughness.

    Flush: a biography

  • There remain the Travels through France and Italy, by T. Smollett, M.D., and though these may not exhibit the marmoreal glamour of Johnson, or the intimate fascination of Fielding, or the essential literary quality which permeates the subtle dialogue and artful vignette of Sterne, yet I shall endeavour to show, not without some hope of success among the fair-minded, that the

    Travels through France and Italy

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  • In Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland', the White Queen is called Mirana of Marmoreal, Marmoreal being her palace.

    March 12, 2011