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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hugh Grant is marvelous in the movie – there's a lot there to be recommended. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 Dončić just had the better overall season, from start to finish, and continues to do marvelous things with the ball in his hands. Shane Young, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2022 It’s in part because of his marvelous hall that these performances suffered not a single acoustic blur but instead came across in perfect fidelity. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2022 George Ayittey was a marvelous thinker and spirit: an African classical liberal. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 13 Apr. 2022 For me, a truly marvelous dish can come at any temperature. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 One of them, Orbán’s childhood friend, Lőrinc Mészáros, a gas fitter and former village mayor, accumulated a marvelous fortune within a couple of years. Zsuzsanna Szelényi, The New Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 AHAs and BHAs are marvelous, workhorse ingredients with a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to controlling sebum, fading hyperpigmentation, and helping smooth out textural issues. Rio Viera-newton, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2022 Helen Rappaport tells their stories with marvelous skill and empathy. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'marvelous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About marvelous

Time Traveler for marvelous

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near marvelous




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for marvelous

Last Updated

24 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Marvelous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for marvelous


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

More from Merriam-Webster on marvelous

Nglish: Translation of marvelous for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of marvelous for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!