mar·​vel·​ous ˈmärv-(ə-)ləs How to pronounce marvelous (audio)
variants or chiefly British marvellous
: causing wonder : astonishing
the marvelous directional sense of migrating birds
: miraculous, supernatural
Gothic tales of marvelous and bizarre happenings
: of the highest kind or quality : notably superior
has a marvelous way with children
marvelously adverb
or chiefly British marvellously
marvelously inventive
sang marvelously
marvelousness noun
or chiefly British marvellousness

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near marvelous

Cite this Entry

“Marvelous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or marvellous
: causing wonder or astonishment
: having the characteristics of a miracle
: of the highest kind or quality : splendid
we had a marvelous time
marvelously adverb
marvelousness noun

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