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

For the past four months, Joel and Amanda — along with friends and neighbors — have been working hard to build the wizard shopping district right in front of their home, in their driveway, and even a bit inside their house. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "Austin Couple Turns Their House Into Harry Potter's Diagon Alley for Halloween," 1 Nov. 2018 Classes include monk, wizard, crusader, demon hunter, necromancer, and barbarian. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Diablo is getting a ‘full-fledged’ mobile RPG," 2 Nov. 2018 As fans of the show know, the costume gets tweaked just a bit each season as the character’s tech wizard, Cisco Ramon, continues to innovate it. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'The Flash' star Grant Gustin fires back at body shamers after Season 5 super suit leaks online," 9 Aug. 2018 As evidenced by the legions of fans that are expected to come dressed as their favorite wizards and cosplay at the celebration, the fascination with Rowling's saga shows no signs of abating. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 adds new magic at Universal Orlando," 19 Jan. 2018 Andy was the software wizard, Joanna was responsible for the international marketing, and then Bill Atkinson was responsible for pretty much all the middle lines of the Macintosh. Eric Johnson, Recode, "General Magic tried to invent a smartphone in the 1990s. This is why it failed.," 30 July 2018 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

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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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