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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Natural selection, like these other laws, is a marvelous and enlightening thing to learn about, but not to learn from. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘Life Finds a Way’ and ‘Good Enough’ Review: The Drive to Thrive," 28 June 2019 This chronicle of a rare and marvelous traveling circus, which came and went in a flash just as America was celebrating its 200th birthday, is 100 percent believable, which is not the same as 100 percent true. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Film Rolling Thunder Revue Is One of the Most Truthful Movies You’ll See in 2019," 12 June 2019 But the list is conspicuously absent of marine organisms, meaning that much of biological research ignores the strange and marvelous adaptations that these creatures have evolved. Quanta Magazine, "How to Grow a New Model Organism," 27 July 2016 From the stern, slow opening to the final giddy bars, the orchestra played this with a marvelous unity. Ken Jacques, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Tao wows and Francis dances in Mainly Mozart final concert," 23 June 2019 Thanks to a marvelous assistant, Mark is still a chef. Lin Sue Cooney, azcentral, "Lin Sue Cooney: Hospice volunteer helps chef stay in the kitchen," 23 June 2019 That said, in its own odd way, the show does a marvelous job of putting our nation’s current media angst-fest in clear relief. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, "TV Is Terrible," 20 June 2019 For starters, as many critics have noted, Shtisel, which has been streaming on Netflix since December, is marvelous TV. Peter Beinart, The Atlantic, "Unpacking the Immense Popularity of Shtisel," 20 June 2019 The Clark Art Institute is a marvelous road-trip destination in itself. Susan Dunne,, "This year, a summer road trip to the Berkshires has the the added bonus of 70 Renoir nudes at the Clark," 20 June 2019

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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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