wiz·​ard | \ ˈwi-zərd How to pronounce wizard (audio) \

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

Attention, all witches and wizards: Harry Potter's birthday is coming up on July 31. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday July 31 at the Milwaukee County Zoo with a movie, trivia and costumes," 9 July 2019 Cabbies lined up outside the station were roadway wizards at fast home delivery. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Jacques Kelly: Baltimore summers before the advent of air conditioning were just 'Too Darn Hot'," 6 July 2019 Program Themes Explore each of these three topics over the course of the program: INNOVATIONS IN DESIGN Meet some of Silicon Valley’s computer and coding wizards and apply some of their techniques during hands-on activities with your own designs. National Geographic, "High School Technology and Innovation Workshop in the Silicon Valley," 12 June 2019 Susan Middleton’s Spineless reveals a world where hermit crabs resemble wizards carrying their own magic mountains on their backs, and where worms are transformed into exquisite, pearly necklaces. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, "Tim Flannery," 7 Mar. 2019 The Belgian wizard would play up front alongside the pacey and powerful Gareth Bale. SI.com, "FIFA 20 VOLTA: Which Clubs Will Be the Best on EA Sports New Street-Style Mode," 27 June 2019 His top priority will be signing soon-to-be-free-agent Erik Karlsson, an offensive wizard whose uneven debut season in San Jose showed flashes of brilliance. Garrett Wroblewski/guest Columnist, The Mercury News, "Patrick Marleau to Sharks: A reunion not to be denied," 9 June 2019 Fort Lauderdale puppet wizard Jim Hammond can usually be found marching in parades along the New River, mounting jubilant celebrations of the dead. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "At Hollywood ‘Personify’ exhibit, South Florida puppet artists give death and politics a hand," 7 June 2019 Asher stars as Billy Batson, a foster kid who's summoned by a wizard who gives him magical powers. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "Shazam!" Star Asher Angel," 15 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce wizard (audio) \

Kids Definition of wizard

2 : a very clever or skillful person a carpentry wizard

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