Definition of marcel in English:

marcel

(also marcel wave)

noun

dated
  • 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.’

verbmarcels, marcelling, 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

marcel

/mɑːˈsɛl/