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or (especially British) marvellous

[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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But as he approached the marvelous boat, he also looked toward the horizon.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • On the ceiling of this marvelous hall he could see carved the stars of heaven.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • The man on the train shrieking westward down through the marvelous valley of the Columbia spoke like an oracle.

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

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • There are, therefore, points of view in which money is the most marvelous product of the folkways.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
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
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