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 That thick atmosphere, made of 96.5 percent carbon dioxide, 3.1 percent nitrogen with piercing droplets of sulfuric acid, does a marvelous job of insulating the planet in a cushion of fire. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Venus, Earth's Boiling Twin," 5 Jan. 2020 Things get a little weird in Florida, as in Lauren Groff’s marvelous short story collection, Florida, and really, really weird in Jeff VanDerMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. Alison Fields, Longreads, "On, In, or Near the Sea: A Book List," 25 July 2019 Kevin Barry’s previous novel, Beatlebone—John Lennon goes AWOL, on psychic safari in the west of Ireland—was marvelous. The Atlantic, "The 15 Best Books of 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 All of this kinetic wizardry—as Fortune senior writer Aaron Pressman explains in his marvelous feature on UPS (publishing online Dec. 20)—is made possible by a wealth of unseen technology. Fortune, "The Tech Arms Race Will Never End: Can the Rest of Us Ever Catch Up?," 19 Dec. 2019 The drive before the shoe play, quarterback Shea Patterson, who was playing a marvelous game, fumbled away the snap in the red zone. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football trying hard to keep up with Ohio State, but mistakes have been costly," 30 Nov. 2019 As a prospect, Benjamin is a marvelous receiver -- 83 catches for his career at ASU -- and a true workhorse of a back, taking over 250 carries in each of the last two seasons. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Eno Benjamin NFL draft projections: Where will Arizona State running back be picked?," 11 Dec. 2019 As their nicknames imply, each portrays Summer at a different age, and each, in her own way, is marvelous, particularly Williamson. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ at Playhouse Square is long on the songs but woefully short on story," 13 Oct. 2019 What could be more marvelous than Mrs. Maisel herself?, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel just got its own board game before the season 3 premiere," 22 Oct. 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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The first known use of marvelous was in the 14th century

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Marvelous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce marvelous (audio)

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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