won·der·ful | \ˈwən-dər-fəl \

Definition of wonderful 

1 : exciting wonder : marvelous, astonishing a sight wonderful to behold

2 : unusually good : admirable did a wonderful job

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Other Words from wonderful

wonderfully \ˈwən-dər-f(ə-)lē \ adverb
wonderfulness \ˈwən-dər-fəl-nəs \ noun

Examples of wonderful in a Sentence

The rooms were filled with wonderful works of art. It was a wonderful party. You did a wonderful job. She came home with wonderful news. It's wonderful to finally meet you.
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Richard was lucky enough to have the love and companionship of two wonderful women in his life. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Richard E. Bober," 6 July 2018 That was Pat Breen, who left us Wednesday after a wonderful life. David Netto, Town & Country, "Remembering Texan Hostess Pat Breen," 6 July 2018 From all accounts Rob was a fine journalist and a wonderful man. Dave Barry, miamiherald, "Dave Barry: Sorry, I'm not feeling funny today — my heart aches for slain journalists," 29 June 2018 While being a great location, next to tons of potential customers is wonderful, opening a restaurant is also known as one of the hardest business endeavors. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "1993 Corktown purchase sits on the edge of a jackpot," 13 July 2018 Langabeer, Tara Middleton, and Gregg Mervine sing and play a number of instruments onstage behind the dancers, and the music is wonderful on its own. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "BalletX heats up the summer with 3 premieres and live music," 12 July 2018 The engagement By junior year, the couple had been through a lot together, some wonderful, some challenging. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 The television being made in this country right now is so wonderful, to be acknowledged by those people…is just a dream come true. Makeda Easter, latimes.com, "'Stranger Things' star David Harbour celebrated his Emmy nomination with a waffle, plans to spend time with his puppy," 12 July 2018 But Stanton, strange and wonderful, bridges it all with his uncrackable conviction. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Music / Old Movies to Watch Now / On Video / Small Screen Urgh! A Music War and other punk and postpunk new wave cinema," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of wonderful

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wonderful

: extremely good


won·der·ful | \ˈwən-dər-fəl \

Kids Definition of wonderful

1 : causing marvel : marvelous It was a sight wonderful to behold.

2 : very good or fine She had a wonderful time.

Other Words from wonderful

wonderfully \-fə-lē \ adverb

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a state of commotion or excitement

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