ex·​cel·​lent ˈek-s(ə-)lənt How to pronounce excellent (audio)
: very good of its kind : eminently good : first-class
archaic : superior
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.
Recent Examples on the Web More evidence that something has gone amiss in economic perceptions: whereas most of the respondents in the Journal poll said the national economy was in poor or not-so-good shape, a majority of them said that conditions in their home state were excellent or good. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2024 With nearly 7 grams of fiber per 3.5 ounce serving—that’s about 4 Medjool dates—they’re an excellent source of this all-important dietary component and are known to slow digestion, keep blood sugar levels from spiking, and keep gut health in check. Sina Petri, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2024 Brown baby bellas are an excellent source of copper, which is important for brain development. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2024 With these shoes’ snug fit and excellent traction, our tester felt comfortable navigating a variety of different surfaces. Jessica Booth, Parents, 5 Apr. 2024 The color saturation and white balance are excellent, and the image quality is sharp. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 5 Apr. 2024 Actual tape recordings of Crocker and her buddies recorded 30 years ago are played during the show and the actors hired to re-create their quirky personalities are excellent. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 Often, your excellent questions inspire us to write full-length articles. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 Starring an excellent Jharrel Jerome as Cootie, a 13-foot Black boy living in Oakland, Riley’s show is a coming-of-age narrative that plays with the same hyper-absurdity and silliness that Riley introduced in Sorry to Bother You. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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“Excellent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellent. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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ex·​cel·​lent ˈek-s(ə-)lənt How to pronounce excellent (audio)
: very good of its kind : first-class
excellently adverb

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