adjective mas·ter·ly \ˈmas-tər-lē\

: showing great skill : very skillful

Full Definition of MASTERLY

:  suitable to or resembling that of a master; especially :  indicating thorough knowledge or superior skill and power <a masterly performance>
:  having the power and skill of a master <she's masterly at description — Caroline Knapp>
See Usage Discussion at masterful
mas·ter·li·ness noun
masterly adverb

Examples of MASTERLY

  1. She did a masterly job of organizing the conference.
  2. <a masterly performance of one of the most difficult ballets in the repertory>

First Known Use of MASTERLY

15th century


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