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excellent

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adjective ex·cel·lent \ˈek-s(ə-)lənt\

Simple Definition of excellent

  • : very good : extremely good

Full Definition of excellent

  1. 1 archaic :  superior

  2. 2 :  very good of its kind :  eminently good :  first-class

ex·cel·lent·ly adverb

Examples of excellent

  1. Her new movie has received excellent reviews.

  2. He is an excellent role model for young men everywhere.

  3. The car is in excellent condition.



Origin of excellent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin excellent-, excellens, from present participle of excellere


First Known Use: 14th century



EXCELLENT Defined for Kids

excellent

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adjective ex·cel·lent \ˈek-sə-lənt\

Definition of excellent

  1. :  very good of its kind <excellent advice>

ex·cel·lent·ly adverb




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