Definitions

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  • adj. Exciting wonder or surprise; astonishing; wonderful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Marvelous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being or having the character of a miracle
  • adj. extraordinarily good or great ; used especially as intensifiers
  • adj. too improbable to admit of belief

Etymologies

First attested from 1300, from Old French, from merveillos, from merveille a wonder. See also: marvel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now break it out into a series of 1 and 2 story personal dwelling units … and something marvellous is achieved!!!!!!

    Agro-Housing for a Sustainable Urban China | Inhabitat

  • Thereupon the youth began, “Right wondrous and marvellous is my case and that of these fishes; and were it graven with gravers upon the eye corners it were a warner to whoso would be warned.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Disraeli wants to create a context where the marvellous is possible.

    Schwarz 1 - Criticism - Critical Contexts

  • To say the British people have been marvellous is an absolute understatement.

    The Puzzling Years Ahead

  • For eleven days I walked in marvellous spring weather, under the sun and in the green.

    Wladyslaw Reymont - Autobiography

  • "The more I know dogs the more amazin 'marvellous they are to me,"

    Chapter 8

  • Which he calls a marvellous line of Theobald, 'unless (says he) the play called the Double Falsehood be (as he would have it thought)

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • But of the five sovereigns of the Tudor dynasty it happened that only one, Henry VII., the first monarch of that dynasty, found or made an opportunity for the display of marked -- scarcely perhaps of "marvellous" -- personal courage; and thus the selection of the Tudor dynasty by the writer referred to as furnishing a contrasting illustration in the matter of personal courage to that of the Romanoffs was not particularly fortunate.

    Camps, Quarters, and Casual Places

  • And it's only occasionally - like this occasion - that I lift my head and think, `Bloody hell, that's marvellous, that is.'

    March 5th, 2008

  • Sanin could not help recalling the marvellous country he had just come from ....

    The Torrents of Spring

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  • "Then perceived he first the hermit priest which was slain, then made he a marvellous sorrow upon him."
    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 13, 2009