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 The lovely hotel is surrounded by neighboring structures — notably the marvelous designs of architect Mary Colter. Washington Post, "Four national parks in four seasons," 30 Apr. 2021 According to Conway, his most important contribution was his conceptualization of a marvelous system of numbers called surreal numbers. Jean-paul Delahaye, Scientific American, "For Math Fans: Some Puzzles from Game of Life Creator John Conway," 28 Apr. 2021 A year earlier, the ecosystem of Windows laptops was already discovering how marvelous Windows Hello cameras could be. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inexplicably, Apple's new M1 iMac doesn't include face logins," 20 Apr. 2021 Lindsay and Martin do a marvelous job of weaving in archival footage like this in ways that are illuminating and not conventional by music documentary standards. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Even If You Know Tina Turner’s Story, You Should Watch Tina," 24 Mar. 2021 Hogel did a marvelous job of turning what could be a heavy and predictable tale into a lighthearted story full of surprises, redemption and love. Usa Today Life Staff, USA TODAY, "Rom-com reading: The best new books that made us laugh, swoon and root for love," 13 Mar. 2021 This year’s Mardi Gras could have been a wet wash, but the Spirit of Carnival instead cavorted and cajoled in new and marvelous ways. al, "Masked Observer’s Mellow MoonPies celebrate a unique season," 19 Feb. 2021 Fisher has marvelous comic timing, as well as an expressively cherubic face right out of a 1930s comic strip. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Ghost of Noël Coward Is Nowhere to Be Found in the Dull Blithe Spirit," 19 Feb. 2021 Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt are marvelous in this very traditional sitcom about a married couple in New York City. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 50 Best TV Shows on Amazon Prime Right Now," 1 Feb. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Marvelous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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