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 Davis chose the coordinates for a 3D picture of a needle and egg—objects in a Russian folktale about a wizard who hid his soul in the tip of a needle concealed inside an egg. Steve Nadis, Science | AAAS, "Hardy microbe’s DNA could be a time capsule for the ages," 18 Feb. 2020 The first 3,000 through the gate each night get a cool wizard’s wand! Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 17-23," 17 Feb. 2020 Thus began an eight-year NFL career, largely as a special teams wizard, that featured two Super Bowl championships, once with Seattle in Super Bowl 48 and again as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles roster in Super Bowl 52. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These 11 Wisconsin high-school products went from walking on with the Badgers to lengthy NFL careers," 5 Feb. 2020 After learning that his memory has been erased, a technical wizard goes on the run to piece together clues from his past. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 The game transforms players into a wizard tapped to help out Harry and an original character named Constance Pickering, both of whom work at the Ministry of Magic (one of the most important governing bodies in J.K. Rowling’s book series). Allegra Frank, Vox, "The makers of Pokémon Go just released a Harry Potter game that swaps monsters for magic," 20 June 2019 Teens and adults who are a fan of certain world-famous wizards will delight in the opportunity to levitate an object with dramatic gestures and mumbled spells. Popular Science, "The best drones for curious kids," 15 Jan. 2020 Since 1978, the Tennessee State Capitol has been home to a bust of the Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, who after the Civil War served as the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Goodbye, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Hello, Dolly?," 24 Dec. 2019 Muslin swaddle blankets, burp clothes, sleep sacks and more all feature memorable scenes from the movie, including Hogwarts and the whomping willows Now even the littlest Potter fans can get all wrapped up in the world of wizards. Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com, "How Charming! Aden + Anais Debuts Whimsical Limited Edition Harry Potter Collection," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wizard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wizard. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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