mar·​vel·​ous | \ˈmärv-(ə-)ləs \
variants: or marvellous

Definition of marvelous 

1 : causing wonder : astonishing the marvelous directional sense of migrating birds

2 : miraculous, supernatural Gothic tales of marvelous and bizarre happenings

3 : of the highest kind or quality : notably superior has a marvelous way with children

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Other Words from marvelous

marvelously adverb
marvelousness noun

Examples of marvelous in a Sentence

We had a marvelous time at the party. He has a marvelous way with children. The weather was simply marvelous.
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But the brand's signature is this strange and marvelous customization process. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Noise-Blocking Plugs That Custom-Fit Your Ears," 19 Oct. 2018 Smith: Attractive clubhouse that includes Bogey’s Public House restaurant and marvelous, tall fireplace. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Teeing Off: Auburn Golf Course delivers good value, and a fun back nine," 6 Aug. 2018 Something this stylish and marvelous is as beloved and versatile as a little black dress — and just as classic. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Asparagus Soup with Perfect Sea Scallops from Alex Hitz," 14 Mar. 2014 In Retábulo, one can see the rambunctious weave of Bahian textiles: motley, mismatched, marvelous. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Art Show: Caetano de Almeida," 28 Feb. 2010 The young sweethearts Eleonore and Carelis (Ida Praetorius, Andreas Kaas, two of the most marvelous Danish dancers today) truly cooperate. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: Royal Danes Deliver Fresh Shots of Bournonville," 21 June 2018 Smith was found guilty of it in crunch time of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, undercutting both the championship pursuits of the underdog Cavaliers and a truly marvelous individual performance from LeBron James. Rob Mahoney,, "It's Now or Never for George Hill and the Cavaliers," 6 June 2018 The mostly marvelous new Jetta arrives at the exact moment when U.S. car shoppers have turned their backs on compact sedans, abandoning what used to be a massive market segment in favor of taller, hipper small SUVs. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 2019 Jetta is Volkswagen’s best compact sedan," 12 July 2018 Graves pitched well, but also got out of a couple of tough jams with a pair of marvelous defensive plays, including one double play ball fielded by shortstop JT Riddle. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins play into the Fourth of July, lose 16-inning marathon to Rays," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of marvelous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for marvelous

Middle English merveillous, borrowed from Anglo-French, from merveille marvel entry 1 + -ous -ous

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English Language Learners Definition of marvelous

: extremely good or enjoyable


variants: or marvellous \ ˈmär-​və-​ləs \

Kids Definition of marvelous

1 : causing wonder or astonishment marvelous adventures

2 : of the finest kind or quality a marvelous dinner

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marvelously adverb

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