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masterly

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adjective mas·ter·ly \ˈmas-tər-lē\

Simple Definition of masterly

  • : showing great skill : very skillful

Full Definition of masterly

  1. 1 :  suitable to or resembling that of a master; especially :  indicating thorough knowledge or superior skill and power <a masterly performance>

  2. 2 :  having the power and skill of a master <she's masterly at description — Caroline Knapp>

mas·ter·li·ness noun
masterly adverb

Usage Discussion of masterly

See Usage Discussion at masterful


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>



15th Century

First Known Use of masterly

15th century



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