: 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
- She did a masterly job of organizing the conference.
- <a masterly performance of one of the most difficult ballets in the repertory>
First Known Use of MASTERLY
Related to MASTERLY
- adroit, artful, bravura, deft, delicate, dexterous (also dextrous), expert, masterful, skillful, practiced (also practised), virtuoso, workmanlike
- amateur, amateurish, artless, rude, unprofessional, unskillful
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