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, 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

Synonyms for marvelous

Antonyms for marvelous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for marvelous

Contemporary Examples of marvelous

Historical Examples of marvelous

  • But something had happened to K. that savored of the marvelous.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • On the ceiling of this marvelous hall he could see carved the stars of heaven.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • He did not see that the light in her marvelous eyes had grown very tender.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • "It is marvelous how affection can be concealed," I observed, with sarcasm.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The acrobatics which he performed with that defenceless consonant were marvelous.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

Word Origin and History for marvelous

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