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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The 2018 TCL 5 Series is still excellent—also offering Dolby Vision and Roku—but its color gamut isn't as strong as the newer 6 Series, which utilizes quantum dot technology (QLED). Wired Staff, Wired, "14 of the Best Deals on Our Favorite Tech," 18 Jan. 2020 But two of the wines (the Champagne and the Cabernet) were excellent. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Online Wine Auctions: A Beginner’s Guide," 17 Jan. 2020 Grahm became the face of that movement not only because his wines were excellent, especially Le Cigare Volant, but also because of his irreverent personality and penchant for experimentation. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "“I’m deeply ambivalent.” Winemaker Randall Grahm sells influential Bonny Doon winery," 10 Jan. 2020 What makes this beans-and-greens soup so excellent? Carey Polis, Bon Appétit, "My Favorite Place for Soup Is Hidden in a Pizza Restaurant," 18 Dec. 2019 While wine and beer are excellent, easy options for a potluck, there’s something special and festive about a holiday cocktail. NBC News, "Chefs and food pros share their best holiday potluck dishes," 9 Dec. 2019 There are nominations for solo producers Tycho, Bonobo and Apparat, whose work, all excellent, lies in the softer, experimental and more meditative end of the dance music spectrum. Katie Bain, Billboard, "2020 Grammy Dance Nominations: A Few Newcomers, Familiar Faces & Some Major Snubs," 20 Nov. 2019 The rest of the cast is excellent, as well, including Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. oregonlive, "‘The Crown’ returns; ‘Ray Donovan’; ‘Mad About You’ revival; ‘The Knight Before Christmas’," 17 Nov. 2019 The 2018 defense was excellent, the best in the league for that year. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Bears Q&A: Will a healthy offense show some life? Is Leonard Floyd trending toward being a bust? What position is best for Alex Bars?," 16 Oct. 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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22 Jan 2020

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“Excellent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellent?show=0&t=1347065714. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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How to pronounce excellent (audio)

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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excellently adverb

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dull or mediocre

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