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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Carson was a wizard with juries and a courtroom brawler with an unapologetically caustic style. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 No one ever suspected that all along the leader of the Republic was secretly a Lord of the Sith, a wizard with unimaginable power, playing the two sides of the conflict against one another from the shadows. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 6 May 2021 Mickelson is a three-time Masters champion and a wizard with the wedge. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 8 Apr. 2021 He is also known as a wizard at divining market forces from the swings of currencies or sovereign bonds. WSJ, 16 May 2021 Madoff presented himself as a financial wizard who could guarantee his clients' consistent returns on their investments no matter the fluctuations of the stock market. Christian Holub, EW.com, 14 Apr. 2021 Einhorn was the more talkative one, while Reinsdorf was seen as a financial wizard. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 9 Mar. 2021 The Knicks are the second-best defensive team in the league, which isn’t surprising, because Coach Tom Thibodeau has long been known as a defensive wizard. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Contrarian and ruthless, the author topples a giant from a pedestal or exposes a false wizard behind a curtain. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of wizard was in the 15th century

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19 Jun 2021

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“Wizard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wizard. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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