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 Not even Harry Potter has a spell to defeat the coronavirus, but that boy wizard’s charms — the literary ones, at least — can often cure cabin fever. New York Times, "7 Things to Do This Weekend," 9 July 2020 In 2018, it was revealed that another senior VA leader, David Thomas, had a portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, in his office. Jasper Craven, The New Republic, "Inside the VA’s Long-Standing Racism Problem," 9 July 2020 Once booted, a second setup wizard leads you through keyboard review, location services toggle, timezone setup, cloud services integration, and finally user setup. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Linux distro review: System76’s Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS," 11 June 2020 Even Amit Shah, the home minister, who as Mr Modi’s campaign wizard is reputed for sensing the national pulse, seems to be infected with atmanirbharta. The Economist, "Banyan India’s bureaucrats are fighting covid-19 with red tape," 11 June 2020 Last year, a photo was spotted in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook showing people wearing blackface and a KKK grand wizard robe. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Jerry Falwell Jr. apologizes for blackface tweet referencing Ralph Northam after backlash," 9 June 2020 Eventually, the wizard gets even more creative, and telekinetically lifts them all off the ground to form a gigantic floating sphere of human bodies. Christian Holub, EW.com, "How Netflix's Castlevania anime crafted its bloodiest, scariest, most mind-blowing season yet," 9 May 2020 From Google, Sundar Pichai should dispatch Jeff Dean, the AI wizard who heads the Google Brain project. Steven Levy, Wired, "Here's Who Should Really Be Advising Trump on the Economy," 17 Apr. 2020 The tech wizards hit on an audacious scheme to lay 1,000 miles of fiber-optic cable from their Midwest home to New York, giving them a fractional edge in their transactions with the New York Stock Exchange. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Patsy & Loretta’ on Lifetime," 18 Oct. 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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“Wizard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wizard. Accessed 3 Aug. 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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