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

Related Words for marvelously

unusually, magically, wonderfully, admirably, superbly, wondrously

Examples from the Web for marvelously

Contemporary Examples of marvelously

Historical Examples of marvelously

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

  • The timid smile that wreathed the tiny mouth was marvelously winning.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The top floors were devoted to marvelously equipped laboratories.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • You will see that he will reply, and that he speaks Turkish marvelously.

  • The strings were of cat-gut and were in marvelously good condition.

    How the Piano Came to Be

    Ellye Howell Glover

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