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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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 But its intricate layers demand close inspection, revealing a marvelous design that gets some of its elegance from a relatively spare mix of natural materials: cedar root, cedar bark and bear grass. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Art Daybook: Examining the ‘Ties That Bind’," 3 July 2018 For this listener, Francis’ tempi are almost always a little too fast, sometimes nearly breathless, but the end result of his unanimity with his orchestra is, in a word, marvelous. Marcus Overton,, "Mainly Mozart orchestra, led by Michael Francis, closes 30th season with impressive Mendelssohn," 24 June 2018 Offbeat casting decisions enliven Callahan’s otherwise repetitive A.A. meetings, including the reliably odd Udo Kier and marvelous turns from the musicians Beth Ditto of Gossip and Kim Gordon (formerly of Sonic Youth). Gus Van Sant, New York Times, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix Treks the Long Road to Sobriety in ‘Don’t Worry’," 11 July 2018 One marvelous and heartbreaking hour into its 10-episode final season, a happy ending for anyone in the Jennings family seems so far away. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Americans' Season 6 premiere recap: It's all falling apart," 28 Mar. 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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