ex·​cel·​lent | \ ˈek-s(ə-)lənt How to pronounce excellent (audio) \

Definition of excellent

1 : very good of its kind : eminently good : first-class
2 archaic : superior

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excellently adverb

Examples of excellent in a Sentence

Her new movie has received excellent reviews. He is an excellent role model for young men everywhere. The car is in excellent condition.
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Recent Examples on the Web These are excellent for drinking beer out of but also for drinking pretty much any type of drink. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Set of Pint Glasses," 11 May 2021 The excellent performance might have saved his spot in the rotation. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, "Despite Aguilar homer, Marlins stymied by Diamondbacks’ Weaver, fall 5-2," 11 May 2021 Wilkins is an excellent No. 4 and special teams mainstay, and if Mack can return to his pre-Achilles-tear form, this group has a chance to be one of the best in the NFL. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: An early guess at Colts 53-man roster for Week 1," 11 May 2021 Additionally, students of the DNP program can expect to complete clinical contact hours with excellent experiences with practice partners. Chron, "Sponsor: New Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares next-gen nurse leaders," 10 May 2021 Here's an excellent quote from Chris Krebs, who until last November was director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, "Colonial Pipeline wasn't the first and won't be the last cyber pirate attack," 10 May 2021 The excellent performance might have saved his spot in the rotation. David Brandt, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks end losing streak behind Weaver's strong outing against Marlins," 10 May 2021 The starchy plants gathered by many living hunter-gatherers are an excellent source of glucose, however. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Neanderthals carb loaded, helping grow their big brains," 10 May 2021 This is an excellent time to buy items that reflect good taste for your office or workplace. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 10, 2021: Virgo, partner grows closer; Leo, honor your beliefs," 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of excellent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for excellent

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

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The first known use of excellent was in the 14th century

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14 May 2021

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“Excellent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellent. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of excellent

: very good : extremely good


ex·​cel·​lent | \ ˈek-sə-lənt How to pronounce excellent (audio) \

Kids Definition of excellent

: very good of its kind excellent advice

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