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 Trump is marvelous at obscuring his incompetence by stirring up distracting controversies. Mary Colurso |, al, "‘We will vote you out’: Taylor Swift, other celebrities drag Trump over Minnesota riot tweets," 29 May 2020 People as far north as today’s Utah had heard all about their marvelous and wealthy land, and whenever warfare or drought brought suffering, hundreds and even thousands of people would make their way south, hoping for a better life. Camilla Townsend, Time, "We Learned About the Aztecs From Their Conquerors—But New Research Is Letting Them Speak for Themselves," 1 Nov. 2019 Public libraries may be one of the greatest inventions of all the marvelous and wondrous inventions of this great experiment in self-government. Randy Blaser,, "Column: Some suburban libraries are eliminating late fees. That’s great news for readers.," 31 Oct. 2019 The spooky funhouse is a wonderland of ruin, marvelous to look at, but not built for speed. Andrea Simakis,, "'Misery' at Great Lakes Theater: Despite top-notch cast and a spooky set, it's under rather than over-the-top (review)," 22 Feb. 2018 These are just a small portion of all the marvelous landscapes from the group. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "People Around the World Share the 'View From My Window' in This Incredible Facebook Group," 16 Apr. 2020 In Onward, Pixar has once again produced a marvelous movie with tons of laughs that tugs at your heartstrings. Nina Huang,, "Meghan Markle's return to Hollywood is now streaming on Disney+ (alongside more new titles)," 4 Apr. 2020 Thanksgiving is such a marvelous time of year for so many reasons. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "Show Your Gratitude With These Last-Minute Thanksgiving Gifts," 27 Nov. 2019 Getting our feet on the ground was a marvelous feeling, walking up from the lake, passing the long white sandy beach and entering Cedar Point was new and exciting. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Thanks for the memories, Cedar Point: Readers recall their favorite park moments," 3 May 2020

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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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4 Jun 2020

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“Marvelous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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