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Etymology Edit

First attested from 1300 as Middle English merveilous, from Old French merveillus, from merveille (a wonder), equivalent to marvel +‎ -ous.

Pronunciation Edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɑːvələs/, /ˈmɑːvləs/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɑɹvələs/
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Adjective Edit

marvelous (comparative more marvelous, superlative most marvelous)

  1. (American spelling) Exciting wonder or surprise; astonishing; wonderful.
    I went to a marvelous party last week.
    • 2003, Gary Koop, Bayesian Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., page 80:
      At first glance, importance sampling seems like a marvellous solution to any posterior simulation problem.

Usage notes Edit

  • The spelling marvelous is preferred in the United States, marvellous in Great Britain.

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