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

Definition of wizard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one skilled in magic : sorcerer
2 : a very clever or skillful person computer wizards
3 archaic : a wise man : sage



Definition of wizard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 chiefly British : worthy of the highest praise : excellent
2 archaic : having magical influence or power
3 archaic : of or relating to wizardry : enchanted

Examples of wizard in a Sentence

Noun 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 Adjective a young Brit who's a wizard tennis player, although not ready for Wimbledon just yet
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the wizard's whole schtick is that everyone can be worthy of such power if given the chance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 Smith appears to be a wizard, while Lillis seems to be a druid or a ranger. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 20 July 2022 Vecna is one of the most formidable villains in the game, said to be a powerful wizard who became a lich—a sort of undead creature—after he was destroyed, with only his left hand and left eye remaining. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 29 May 2022 From special box sets of the films and exclusive House editions of the original books to Lego sets and more, check out some of the coolest finds for every type of witch or wizard. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 May 2022 When the character Captain Britain was first created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe in 1976, the role was filled by Brian Braddock — a son of the nobility who was infused with mystical powers by the ancient wizard Merlin. Christian Holub, EW.com, 21 July 2022 Follow the setup wizard’s installation instructions. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 20 July 2022 Twenty-five years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone graced our shelves and cemented the young wizard as a staple of British culture. Anthony Wong, Forbes, 7 July 2022 These things walk across the level's floor while the wizard scoots back and forth, occasionally smashing the ground with a massive handheld whale. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wizard


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1579, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for wizard


Middle English wysard, from wis, wys wise

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“Wizard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wizard. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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

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2 : a very clever or skillful person a carpentry wizard

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