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What does marvelous mean?
Marvelous means wonderful, extraordinary, fabulous, superb, excellent. In this sense, it is often used to praise things like works of art and artistic performances.
Marvelous is the adjective form of the noun marvel, which most commonly means a thing that causes wonder. Marvelous can mean causing wonder, as well as improbable, but both of these senses are much less common than its primary meaning of “wonderful.”
In British English, it is commonly spelled marvellous.
Example: That was absolutely marvelous! What a wonderful show! Bravo!
Where does marvelous come from?
The first records of marvelous come from the 1300s. It comes from the Middle French merveilleus. Marvel derives from Latin mīrābilis, from mīrārī, “to marvel or wonder at.” The suffix -ous is used to form adjectives and means “possessing” or “full of.” So something that’s marvelous is full of marvels or wonders.
It’s no surprise, then, that the closest synonym of marvelous is wonderful. But marvelous is less commonly used and often has an extra sense of class and elegance to it. Picture a fancy-dress ball: a guest could praise the host by saying “great party,” but it would be much classier to say, “What a marvelous gala!”
You call things marvelous when they’re excellent and impressive. Most of the time, this ends up being grand artistic things, like the performance of an opera singer, an award-winning film, or an exquisite dish at a fine-dining restaurant. It’s often further emphasized, such as in phrases like simply marvelous and absolutely marvelous.
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What are some other forms related to marvelous?
- marvellous (British English spelling)
- marvel (noun, verb)
- marvelously (adverb)
- marvellousness (noun)
What are some synonyms for marvelous?
What are some words that share a root or word element with marvelous?
What are some words that often get used in discussing marvelous?
How is marvelous used in real life?
Marvelous means about the same thing as wonderful, but it’s less commonly used. When it is, it’s often applied to things like performances and works of art.
Underground was a marvelous, marvelous show that changed my scholarship, and I’m sad it only got two seasons
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Reggae has a marvelous way of easing my mind when I think my mind can't be eased.
— Reggae Lyrics (@reggae_words) August 4, 2014
Here's a pencil test of Moses at the burning bush from The Prince of Egypt animated by the legendary James Baxter. This is simply marvelous work. pic.twitter.com/WAsylLXyZM
— Animated Antic (@Animated_Antic) March 14, 2020
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of marvelous?
Example sentences from the Web for marvelous
Silk is a marvelous material with a long history and has many uses.
The song was so marvelous, the decision was made to add animation and pitch it to networks.Schoolhouse Rock: A Trojan Horse of Knowledge and Power|Jason Lynch|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every discovery brings us closer to understanding how planets form in all their marvelous variety.
Alison is played by the marvelous Tatiana Maslany, an actress who hails from Regina, Saskatchewan.Why Should You Watch 'Orphan Black'? Tatiana Maslany.|Sujay Kumar|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If nobody is with us, we might watch something arty—there are marvelous channels of opera or concerts—then go to bed and read.
Christmas is a season of marvelous and mystical experiences, and maybe it seems churlish to let science and history intrude.
In the course of time, as the result of Grenfell's tireless efforts, a marvelous change for the better took place.The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador|Dillon Wallace
On this I saw one of the most marvelous phenomena I have ever looked upon.John L. Stoddard's Lectures, Vol. 10 (of 10)|John L. Stoddard
The country north of the Mexican boundary is the most marvelous in the United States.Building a State in Apache Land|Charles D. Poston
And with this underground life children have a marvelous sympathy.The Moral Instruction of Children|Felix Adler
She rested after lunch, and spent some time in the evening combining jewels and flowers, so as to form a marvelous effect.A Fair Mystery|Bertha M. Clay