wiz·ard | \ ˈwi-zərd \

Definition of wizard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a wise man : sage

2 : one skilled in magic : sorcerer

3 : a very clever or skillful person computer wizards



Definition of wizard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : having magical influence or power

2 archaic : of or relating to wizardry : enchanted

3 chiefly British : worthy of the highest praise : excellent

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Examples of wizard in a Sentence


He is a wizard at math. the old wizard who introduces the young naïf to a life of adventure is one of the most overworked tropes in fantasy literature


a young Brit who's a wizard tennis player, although not ready for Wimbledon just yet
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Daniel Radcliffe's boy wizard is among the 'Harry Potter' characters seen projected onto fanned water screens in the upcoming 'Cinematic Celebration' at Universal Studios theme park. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First look: 'Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration'," 10 July 2018 Just to get all the music rights, Kathy was a wizard. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "A Championship Vinyl pop-up at the Boch Center, courtesy of John Cusack," 14 June 2018 There's no doubt that Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson know a thing or two about everyone's favorite boy wizard Harry Potter. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson Jokes About Ariana Grande's "Harry Potter" Obsession," 8 June 2018 Baffert likes to say none of the top trainers are wizards. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Bob Baffert stares down all-time records with his latest Preakness favorite, Justify," 17 May 2018 France, even with a stack of talent throughout its lineup and with Antoine Griezmann a technical wizard, will see Mbappe as its potential game-changer, and will look to feed him where possible. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "After World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may lose best player tags," 13 July 2018 Midfield wizard Luka Modric has won three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles with Real Madrid and his central partner, Ivan Radikic, is a four-year regular at nemesis Barcelona. Steven Goff, chicagotribune.com, "'Hard-working, compact, united and well-organized': The World Cup's surprising final four," 8 July 2018 The speedy point guard confirmed the news Friday afternoon on Twitter by sending out a wizard emoji. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "This former UF basketball star received a summer league invite after going undrafted," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile Angels dominated in the play category, edging out everyone’s favorite wizard with a total of 11 nominations to Harry Potter’s 10. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tonys 2018: all of the winners at the 72nd annual awards," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of wizard


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wizard


Middle English wysard, from wis, wys wise

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English Language Learners Definition of wizard

: a person who is skilled in magic or who has magical powers : a sorcerer or magician

: a person who is very good at something


wiz·ard | \ ˈwi-zərd \

Kids Definition of wizard

2 : a very clever or skillful person a carpentry wizard

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