excellent

adjective ex·cel·lent \ ˈek-s(ə-)lənt \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of excellent

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

excellently

adverb

Examples of excellent in a Sentence

  1. Her new movie has received excellent reviews.

  2. He is an excellent role model for young men everywhere.

  3. The car is in excellent condition.

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Origin and Etymology of excellent

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

excellent Synonyms

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful, out of this world, too much
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
Related Words
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
Near Antonyms
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate


EXCELLENT Defined for English Language Learners

excellent

adjective

Definition of excellent for English Language Learners

  • : very good : extremely good


EXCELLENT Defined for Kids

excellent

adjective ex·cel·lent \ ˈek-sə-lənt \

Definition of excellent for Students

: very good of its kind
  • excellent advice

excellently

adverb


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