won·​der·​ful | \ ˈwən-dər-fəl How to pronounce wonderful (audio) \

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 How to pronounce wonderfully (audio) \ adverb
wonderfulness \ ˈwən-​dər-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce wonderfulness (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Compared with the shabby building and facilities, the hot-springs bath at the inn was surprisingly wonderful. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, "Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey," 1 June 2020 My wonderful Momma went from sweet and loving -- to angry and vicious. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: New husband concerned with wife’s on-going meetups with male friend," 31 May 2020 My wonderful Momma went from sweet and loving – to angry and vicious. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Husband worries about wife’s male friendship," 31 May 2020 But compared to last year, this is absolutely wonderful. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers rush to complete spring planting, but coronavirus hurts grain markets," 29 May 2020 The novelty, in his case, was the wonderful simplicity of his approach. Gary Indiana, Harper's Magazine, "Always Leave Them Wanting Less," 25 May 2020 Not having a wonderful prom night in a gorgeous dress, being with my friends and walking across that graduation stage stings. Courtney Christian, Freep.com, "Utica High School senior Courtney Christian reaches for light in the midst of darkness," 17 May 2020 The real hero of Jaws was the mayor, a wonderful politician. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Boris Johnson’s illness might change his approach to the UK’s coronavirus crisis," 27 Apr. 2020 The game has wonderful, whimsical art, terrific replayability, and great components—including rubies and rat tails. Aaron Zimmerman, Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "The best board games to play with your quarantined housemates," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of wonderful

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

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4 Jun 2020

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“Wonderful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonderful. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce wonderful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wonderful

: extremely good


won·​der·​ful | \ ˈwən-dər-fəl How to pronounce wonderful (audio) \

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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