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  1. superb; excellent; great: a marvelous show.
  2. such as to cause wonder, admiration, or astonishment; surprising; extraordinary.
  3. improbable or incredible: the marvelous events of Greek myth.
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Also especially British, mar·vel·lous.

Origin of marvelous

1300–50; Middle English merve(il)lous < Middle French merveilleus. See marvel, -ous
Related formsmar·vel·ous·ly, adverbmar·vel·lous·ness, nounsu·per·mar·vel·ous, adjectivesu·per·mar·vel·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·mar·vel·ous·ness, nounun·mar·vel·lous, adjectiveun·mar·vel·lous·ly, adverbun·mar·vel·lous·ness, nounun·mar·vel·ous, adjectiveun·mar·vel·ous·ly, adverbun·mar·vel·ous·ness, noun


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Related Words

alien, ethereal, extraterrestrial, ghostly, heavenly, otherworldly, strange, superb, supernatural, unearthly, weird, wonderful, marvellous

Examples from the Web for marvellous

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • "Marvellous, indeed, is the mystery of our being," exclaimed Anaxagoras.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • One of the marvellous things about the child was his utter lack of favouritism.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • By what marvellous agency did the river force its way between?

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • For a few moments I could revel in the marvellous spectacle before me.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • And which was to work a marvellous effect on the intestines.

British Dictionary definitions for marvellous


US marvelous

  1. causing great wonder, surprise, etc; extraordinary
  2. improbable or incredible
  3. excellent; splendid
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Derived Formsmarvellously or US marvelously, adverbmarvellousness or US marvelousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for marvellous


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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.

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