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

Yep, there were witches and wizards aboard the Titanic. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "There’s a Hidden Titanic Reference in Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald and You Totally Missed It," 16 Nov. 2018 But for wizards and witches ready to take on the lines and sun, Universal Studios Hollywood has a treat for you. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Taste test: New Butterbeer Ice Cream at Harry Potter's Wizarding World," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, anyone craving something a little more lighthearted should check out bass guitar wizard and irrepressible goofball Thundercat (5 p.m.). Terence Cawley, BostonGlobe.com, "Too many choices at Boston Calling? Here’s some help.," 23 May 2018 The next installment will cover the much-hinted-at battle between Dumbledore (Jude Law) and the evil wizard Grindelwald (played here, somewhat controversially, by Johnny Depp), and how Newt was involved. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Biggest Movies of Fall 2018," 25 July 2018 It was revealed at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that the powerful dark wizard Grindelwald was carrying out his master plan for world domination by infiltrating MACUSA by masquerading as Percival Graves. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”: Everything We Know So Far About the Sequel," 23 July 2018 In the Arthurian legend, the wizard Merlin put the sword in the stone. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 The powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), previously captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), has escaped custody and has set about gathering followers. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' trailer is here, with an arresting Johnny Depp," 13 Mar. 2018 On the campaign trail in 2016, Trump refused to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump condemns “all types of racism and acts of violence” ahead of Unite the Right 2," 11 Aug. 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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