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 The JBL Boombox has excellent sound quality and boasts 24 hours of battery life. Carsen Joenk, Popular Science, "Best Bluetooth speakers: Five things to consider," 24 Nov. 2020 However, the voice performances are excellent, especially that of Cage, who brings his signature sense of yearning pathos to Grug the Neanderthal. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Croods: A New Age’ is a sweetly chaotic follow-up," 23 Nov. 2020 When Gobert played, the Jazz were excellent, outscoring all opponents by 6.4 points per 100 possessions. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Utah Jazz nailed their top priorities of the offseason on Friday, but other holes remain unfilled," 21 Nov. 2020 The best part is the value for the money is excellent. Better Homes & Gardens, "Our Review of AFC Home Club Warranties," 20 Nov. 2020 There are a million versions of this but the one at DeepSouthDish.com is excellent, right down to the topping of crushed Ritz crackers. al, "Earn your place at the table with these easy Thanksgiving alternatives," 19 Nov. 2020 In addition to offering excellent sound quality, the AirPods are Siri-compatible. Kelsey Mulvey, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon’s Taking Up to 20% off Apple’s AirPods," 17 Nov. 2020 Tampa Bay’s defense is excellent, the stoutest in the league against the run (77.9 yards per game), fourth in total yards allowed (312.9) and ninth in scoring (22.6). Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 10 roundtable: Which offseason moves now look wisest of all?," 15 Nov. 2020 And Yunus Musah, making his first start for the USA, was excellent. Jon Marthaler, Star Tribune, "Midfield a bright spot for U.S. Men's National Team," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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3 Dec 2020

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“Excellent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellent. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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