Definition of wonderful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwʌndəfl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwʌndərfl//
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  1. 1  very good, pleasant or enjoyable a wonderful surprise We had a wonderful time last night. You've all been absolutely wonderful! It's wonderful to see you!
  2. 2  making you feel surprise or admiration synonym remarkable It's wonderful what you can do when you have to. Synonymswonderfullovely delightfulThese words all describe an experience, feeling or sight that gives you great pleasure.wonderful that you enjoy very much; that gives you great pleasure; extremely good:We had a wonderful time last night. The weather was absolutely wonderful.lovely (rather informal, especially British English) that you enjoy very much; that gives you great pleasure; very attractive:What a lovely day! (= the weather is very good) It’s been lovely having you here.delightful that gives you great pleasure; very attractive:a delightful little fishing villagewonderful, lovely or delightful? All these words can describe times, events, places, sights, feelings and the weather. Wonderful can also describe a chance or ability. Lovely is the most frequent in spoken British English, but in North American English wonderful is the most frequent, both spoken and written. Delightful is used especially to talk about times, events and places.Patterns wonderful/​lovely/​delightful weather/​views/​scenery It’s wonderful/​lovely to be/​feel/​find/​have/​know/​see… It would be wonderful/​lovely/​delightful if… It’s wonderful/​lovely that… That sounds wonderful/​lovely/​delightful. really/​quite/​absolutely wonderful/​lovely/​delightful See related entries: Surprise
  3. Word Originlate Old English wunderfull (see wonder, -ful).Extra examples The weather was absolutely wonderful. the strange and wonderful world of Chinese ghost stories It was a wonderful feeling to be arriving home again. It’s wonderful that you can all come. It’s wonderful to see you! It’s wonderful what a little flattery will do. It’s wonderful what you can do when you have to. Note the wonderful skill in these sculpted hands and faces. She’s a truly wonderful person. The builders have done a wonderful job here. This is a wonderful opportunity to invest and export into new markets. Winning first prize is a wonderful achievement. You’ve all been absolutely wonderful!
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