Simple Definition of masterly
: showing great skill : very skillful
Full Definition of masterly
1 : suitable to or resembling that of a master; especially : indicating thorough knowledge or superior skill and power <a masterly performance>
2 : having the power and skill of a master <she's masterly at description — Caroline Knapp>
Usage Discussion of masterly
Examples of masterly
She did a masterly job of organizing the conference.
<a masterly performance of one of the most difficult ballets in the repertory>
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