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[mahr-vuh-luh s] /ˈmɑr və ləs/
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.
Also, especially British, marvellous.
Origin of marvelous
1300-50; Middle English merve(il)lous < Middle French merveilleus. See marvel, -ous
Related forms
marvelously, adverb
marvellousness, noun
supermarvelous, adjective
supermarvelously, adverb
supermarvelousness, noun
unmarvellous, adjective
unmarvellously, adverb
unmarvellousness, noun
unmarvelous, adjective
unmarvelously, adverb
unmarvelousness, noun
1. wonderful. 2. wondrous, amazing, miraculous. 3. unbelievable.
1. terrible. 2. commonplace. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was simply a coppery glow, marvelously delicate, molding her face.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The timid smile that wreathed the tiny mouth was marvelously winning.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The top floors were devoted to marvelously equipped laboratories.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • You will see that he will reply, and that he speaks Turkish marvelously.

  • The strings were of cat-gut and were in marvelously good condition.

    How the Piano Came to Be Ellye Howell Glover
  • There are 492 pages in the "Report," and 40 plates, some of them marvelously colored.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • But that his manner was so kind, so marvelously gentle, for him, I should have done so.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • He said, with a marvelously unpleasant smile: "Then she was——"

    Riders of the Silences

    John Frederick
Word Origin and History for marvelously



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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