mar·​vel·​ous | \ ˈmärv-(ə-)ləs How to pronounce marvelous (audio) \
variants: or chiefly British 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 or chiefly British marvellously adverb
marvelously inventive sang marvelously
marvelousness or chiefly British marvellousness 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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Recent Examples on the Web The entire cast of 12 sings well and the 15-piece orchestra is marvelous but, as with many revues, the ensemble acting is iffy. New York Times, "Bringing Out the Best of Sondheim, Herman and … Schraubstader?," 3 Feb. 2021 What a marvelous moment for the country and the world. Rod Walker,, "Walker: Hank Aaron passed through New Orleans one week before passing Babe Ruth," 22 Jan. 2021 What a marvelous moment for the country and the world. Richard Goldstein, Star Tribune, "Hank Aaron, baseball Hall of Famer and legendary home run hitter, dies at 86," 22 Jan. 2021 What a marvelous moment for the country and the world. John Shea,, "Hank Aaron’s Giants connections go deeper than Willie Mays and Barry Bonds," 22 Jan. 2021 What a marvelous moment for the country and the world. Sean Gregory, Time, "Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Has Passed Away, But His Home Run Record Remains a Lesson in Courage and Commitment," 22 Jan. 2021 But The White Tiger—especially Gourav’s performance, marvelous in its intensity and shifting tones—captures that drive in a specific and persuasive way. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The White Tiger Is a Complex Crime Drama with a Dazzling Performance at Its Center," 22 Jan. 2021 Over a few minutes, a boat can be transferred from one canal to the next in a marvelous -- and cool-looking -- feat of engineering. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 5: Senate runoffs, Covid, transition, Jacob Blake, Iran," 5 Jan. 2021 This is a marvelous book that is uplifting, inspirational, outright funny, and whatever the other criterion is. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of marvelous was in the 14th century

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11 Feb 2021

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“Marvelous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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

Other Words from marvelous

marvelously adverb

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