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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. 2017.
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  • "You thought I was dead," said McGee, with eyes still undimmed and marvelously clear.

  • My dear captain, do you know that, although you do not look so, you are marvelously merry?

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • And as Heaven blesses the right and punishes the wrong, so has it marvelously interposed to silence evil tongues.

    Pabo, The Priest Sabine Baring-Gould
  • It was a ghastly and yet in some indefinable way a marvelously dear experience.

  • No one can fail to admire its broad white flowers, which are marvelously fragrant, and the rich, polished green of its foliage.

    The Pearl of India Maturin M. Ballou
  • Raleigh was young, rich, handsome and marvelously fascinating in his address.

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
  • Indeed the little boat was marvelously swift and in a brief time the boys were aware that there was only one person on board.

  • It was simply a coppery glow, marvelously delicate, molding her face.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
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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