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[mahr-vuh-luh s] /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.
Also, especially British, marvellous.
Origin of marvelous
1300-50; Middle English merve(il)lous < Middle French merveilleus. See marvel, -ous
Related forms
marvelously, adverb
marvellousness, noun
supermarvelous, adjective
supermarvelously, adverb
supermarvelousness, noun
unmarvellous, adjective
unmarvellously, adverb
unmarvellousness, noun
unmarvelous, adjective
unmarvelously, adverb
unmarvelousness, noun
1. wonderful. 2. wondrous, amazing, miraculous. 3. unbelievable.
1. terrible. 2. commonplace. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for marvelous


causing great wonder, surprise, etc; extraordinary
improbable or incredible
excellent; splendid
Derived Forms
marvellously, (US) marvelously, adverb
marvellousness, (US) marvelousness, noun
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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.

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