[ mahr-vuh-luhs ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. marvel,
  2. marvel-of-peru,
  3. marvell,
  4. marvell, andrew,
  5. marvellous,
  6. marvelously,
  7. marver,
  8. marvin,
  9. marvy,
  10. marwa

Also especially British, mar·vel·lous.

Origin of marvelous

1300–50; Middle English merve(il)lous < Middle French merveilleus. See marvel, -ous

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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