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 animals provide virtually unlimited hunting opportunity as well as excellent table fare. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Rabbit pursuit a return to hunting roots," 15 Feb. 2020 Injuries may have forced him to miss four games last season, but Adams was excellent when healthy. John Owning, Dallas News, "The NFL’s top 10 WRs entering 2020: Where does the Cowboys’ Amari Cooper rank among the best?," 10 Feb. 2020 Fishing: As long as the water clarity is good, trout fishing is often excellent from both bank and boat. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Sunday getaway to San Pablo Reservoir," 9 Feb. 2020 The recycled ripstop nylon shell was excellent at blocking powerful gusts of bone-chilling wind. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, "The Coolest New Jackets We Saw at Winter Outdoor Retailer," 7 Feb. 2020 People are astonished; the response is uniformly excellent. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "A singing valentine, in four-part harmony," 31 Jan. 2020 These crowd-pleasing Pepper Jack Crackers have just the right amount of punch from the cheese, and are excellent with beer and a favorite dip. oregonlive, "54 Super Bowl party foods for the ultimate snack-attack," 27 Jan. 2020 Boston has been excellent against the spread this season, going 24-16-2. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Memphis Grizzlies at Boston Celtics odds, picks and best bets," 22 Jan. 2020 Timely goals came from all four lines — two from third-line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, a former Knight — and goalie Pavel Francouz was excellent in Colorado’s 7-3 triumph heading into the NHL’s mandatory three-day Christmas break. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avs make a comeback for 7-3 win over Vegas Golden Knights," 23 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Excellent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellent. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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