excellent

adjective
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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My credit was in the good range and has now been built to excellent. Marie Claire, "A California Couple, a Blowout Wedding, and 2 Paychecks," 10 Jan. 2019 In 2018, a lot of memes, viral videos, and all-around excellent content was shared among the staff of The Verge. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 On a scale of fair to excellent, Republican women give Bernie Sanders a net positive rating of 28%. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Women Who Love Trump," 19 Dec. 2018 Michelin-star Chef Daniel Wong’s contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine is an excellent cure for jet lag. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Do Shanghai in 12 Hours or Less," 14 Dec. 2018 The lighting is dim, and colorful artwork sets the tone for the excellent—if a bit pricey—hand-roasted blends from Guatemala, Peru, and Papua New Guinea. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 In the past, during a competition such as this, Aerojet would have been the presumed winner because of its heritage of excellent—if costly—rocket-engine production. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Amazon’s Jeff Bezos will now sell rocket engines, too," 27 Sep. 2018 Its privacy protections are excellent, though some hard-liners may balk at the single-session time stamp collection. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "ProtonVPN review: Underground data centers, one-click multi-hop, and more make for a great choice," 4 Sep. 2018 This letter was a big deal; San Francisco’s public schools range from excellent to among the worst in the state, and kids are assigned to them through a lottery. Daniel Duane, WIRED, "How the Startup Mentality Failed Kids in San Francisco," 28 June 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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The first known use of excellent was in the 14th century

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excellent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of excellent

: very good : extremely good

excellent

adjective
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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