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


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

In the narrative Kohler laid out, Epstein was the technical wizard who kept the money moving around to support Hoffenberg's various schemes. Author: Marc Fisher, Jonathan O'connell, Anchorage Daily News, "For 30 years, prosecutors and victims tried to hold Jeffrey Epstein to account. At every turn, he slipped away.," 10 Aug. 2019 In a news release, Universal announced additions to packages that revolve around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the attraction that immerses visitors into the boy wizard’s world. Marco Santana, orlandosentinel.com, "Universal Studios adds to Harry Potter visitor packages as Disney nears Galaxy’s Edge debut," 5 Aug. 2019 But, also, there's Harry Potter's birthday, and in a house full of witches and wizards (who love to read and watch movies), that's a big deal. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to do when there's nothing to do: Here are ideas for bored kids in the Milwaukee area.," 10 July 2019 Maria Canals-Barrera Likes a Bunch of Wizards of Waverly Place Tweets Maria is known for playing the Russo sibling's mother, Theresa, the only non-wizard member of their family. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "4 Signs Selena Gomez's Disney Show “Wizards of Waverly Place” Is Coming Back As a Reboot," 4 Apr. 2019 Come Wednesday night, the treasure hunt wizards will release the coordinates of each bill. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Wednesday, $100 Bills Will Be Hidden All Around Louisville," 22 July 2019 Age: 32 | World ranking: 33 | Best British Open finish: T9, 2014 Short-game wizard has had a resurgent 2019, winning a big European Tour event in Abu Dhabi and posting T3-T8-T2 in the RBC Heritage, PGA Championship and RBC Canadian Open. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Ranking the Top 100 Players at the 2019 British Open," 16 July 2019 At the end of the first Doctor Strange movie, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo, once an ally of Strange, decided that there were too many wizards in the world and was taking back magical powers from those who possessed them. Time, "What the Ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home Means for the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe," 2 July 2019 Alongside him will be culinary wizards Joe Bastianich and Aarón Sánchez. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'MasterChef' Season 10 Has Some Huge Changes in Store, Says Gordon Ramsay," 22 May 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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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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