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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Let the Sunshine In Juliette Binoche gives a marvelous performance as a middle-aged divorced woman looking for love in all the wrong places, but Claire Denis' exquisite and soulful romantic comedy defies every expectation of that premise. Justin Chang,, "'Incredibles 2' and other movie picks for June 15," 14 June 2018 But don’t sleep on Tracy Letts, who’s also quietly marvelous as Lady Bird’s dad, or Gerwig’s clever screenplay, which deserves an Oscar nod. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Watch these 6 must-see movies to prep for the 2018 Oscars race," 4 Jan. 2018 Hurray for Emmy nominees Sandra Oh, who kills it on Killing Eve, and Rachel Brosnahan, a marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Tom Gilatto,, "Emmy Nominations 2018: PEOPLE's Critic Breaks Down All the Nods — and Predicts Some Winners," 12 July 2018 The match was marvelous, with stunning shots, tense games and, from Nadal, dozens of his trademark fist pumps and screams. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Kevin Anderson Upsets Roger Federer at Wimbledon," 11 July 2018 These have been nine of the most absolutely marvelous years. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Cristiano Ronaldo explains his move to Juventus in letter to Real Madrid fans," 10 July 2018 Anyone who has watched the TV show can tell you it’s bloody but also bloody marvelous, a grand female change from spy-chase standards like James Bond or Kingsman. Bethanne Patrick, The Seattle Times, "Six beach reads that bring more pleasure than guilt," 2 July 2018 All of the performers are up for the adventure, though most of them don’t get enough to do, particularly the deadpan trickster Awkwafina, who’s marvelous in her few brief scenes. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Ocean's 8 Boasts a Great Cast But Lacks Champagne-Bubble Lightness," 9 June 2018 The Best Backpacking Pack for Long Trips Mystery Ranch Women’s Stein 62 ($299) Owing in large part to its marvelous hipbelt, the Stein 62 is excellent with heavy loads. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 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

Other words from marvelous

marvelously adverb

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