ex·​cel·​lent | \ˈek-s(ə-)lənt \

Definition of excellent 

1 archaic : superior

2 : very good of its kind : eminently good : first-class

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Other Words from excellent

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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Nuclear plants like Oyster Creek are excellent at reducing carbon emissions that would otherwise be produced by coal or natural gas plants, but like Oyster Creek, many other nuclear plants are closing all over the country. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "America's Oldest Nuclear Plant Is Shutting Down," 20 Sep. 2018 Sliding into someone's DMs can actually be therapeutic, as well as an excellent way to keep this conversation going. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "What the Skin-Acceptance Movement Means for People With Conditions Like Mine," 29 June 2018 The buddy system is an excellent way to ensure no children are left alone. PEOPLE.com, "Headed to a Water Park This Summer? Here's What You Need to Know to Stay Safe," 28 June 2018 But Brannon Kleinlein has done major renovations since acquiring the building in 2012, including building a new stage and installing an excellent sound system. Ed Masley, azcentral, "23 of the most popular concert venues in metro Phoenix, ranked by size," 19 June 2018 Switzerland have an excellent record over the last three years and have earned their way into a top-six spot in the world rankings. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Brazil vs Switzerland - Recent Form, Team News, Predictions & More," 16 June 2018 This is an excellent way to get to Sydney without having to spend half your trip with debilitating jet lag. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: Half Off Business Class to Sydney," 5 June 2018 What to get: Besides the jabana coffee ($3), which is excellent, the eggplant salad with yogurt ($6.35) and foul masalah ($8.50); on the weekends, ask for the specials with kisra ($11.80) and pepper relish. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Exile in the Tenderloin: The quest for a future at San Francisco’s only Sudanese cafe," 17 May 2018 What to do: Ranger Jack Ransom says fishing for coho or sockeye salmon can be excellent in the area. Erin Kirkland, Anchorage Daily News, "Tonsina Point near Seward provides a perfect place for Alaska’s newest public-use cabin," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of excellent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for excellent

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

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English Language Learners Definition of excellent

: very good : extremely good


ex·​cel·​lent | \ˈek-sə-lənt \

Kids Definition of excellent

: very good of its kind excellent advice

Other Words from excellent

excellently adverb

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