Meaning of marcel in English:


Pronunciation /mɑːˈsɛl/


(also marcel wave)
  • A deep artificial wave in the hair.

    ‘The rex coat - short, remarkably soft and silky - is characterized by a relatively dense, tight, uniform marcel wave, lying close to the body and extending from the top of the head across the back, sides, hips and tail.’
    • ‘Sweet'n'neat 20s inspired hair and make-up, including short bobs, marcel waves, heavily kohled eyes with long lashes and small dark cupid's bow lips complete the flapper feel.’
    • ‘Merchant Ivory fans will be in heaven; the costumes and make-up are delicious enough to re-ignite the fashion for marcel waves and tea dresses, or at the very least, do wonders for the millinery industry.’

verbverb marcels, verb marcelling, verb marcelled

[with object] dated
  • Give a marcel wave to (hair)

    ‘she had her hair marcelled every week’
    • ‘So I'll marcel my hair and flaunt it in people's face that I'm not a man, because I can't carry the emotional load.’
    • ‘In another work, a cabaret contortionist with marcelled hair smokes a cigarette and reads a book in an improbable state of repose.’
    • ‘She's got the marcelled hair that is a bit 20s for Big Band, but who's going to notice?’
    • ‘Lily studies hard for her new roles, reading an etiquette book and changing her hair style from brown to a platinum bride-of-Frankenstein marcelled look.’
    • ‘She had large brown eyes, an oval-shaped face, and bobbed dark brown hair carefully done up in the marcelled style.’


Late 19th century named after Marcel Grateau (1852–1936), the Parisian hairdresser who invented it.