- superb; excellent; great: a marvelous show.
- such as to cause wonder, admiration, or astonishment; surprising; extraordinary.
- improbable or incredible: the marvelous events of Greek myth.
Origin of marvelous
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Examples from the Web for marvellous
“The marvellous thing about him was that he played it extremely cool,” Mavis said.Week in Death: The Woman Who Cracked Hitler’s Codes
November 17, 2013
The “marvellous,” then, can be scientific, religious, or philosophical.
Almost half the 60 works in The Age of the Marvellous have already sold and it's only been officially open a day.
The Age of the Marvellous is curated by London-based American Joseph LaPlaca.
"Marvellous, indeed, is the mystery of our being," exclaimed Anaxagoras.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
One of the marvellous things about the child was his utter lack of favouritism.Weighed and Wanting
By what marvellous agency did the river force its way between?
For a few moments I could revel in the marvellous spectacle before me.
And which was to work a marvellous effect on the intestines.The Imaginary Invalid
- causing great wonder, surprise, etc; extraordinary
- improbable or incredible
- excellent; splendid
Word Origin and History for marvellous
c.1300, "causing wonder," from Old French merveillos "marvelous, wonderful" (Modern French merveilleux), from merveille (see marvel (n.)). Weakened sense of "splendid, very nice" is from 1924. Related: Marvelously.