excellent

adjective
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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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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While all pasta can be healthy, some noodles are more nutritious than others — and trendy chickpea pasta is legitimately an excellent choice. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Healthy Is Chickpea Pasta? A Dietitian Weighs In on Nutrition and Weight-Loss Benefits," 25 Mar. 2019 The new line promises excellent performance for the price. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Samsung’s new line of 860 QVO SSDs offers big storage at an appealing price," 27 Nov. 2018 The evaluations are sent to store managers to encourage excellent performance or inform those needing improvement. Parvannah Lee, Teen Vogue, "I'm From the Navajo Nation and I Want to Help My Community Get Healthy Food," 22 Nov. 2018 Each year, our readers tell us what matters—and once again, these airports got high marks for a variety of excellent food and beverage choices, retail therapy, fast (and free) Wi-Fi, fitness options, ease of connection, and more. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 And the social media buzz started early and kept growing: Idris Elba as James Bond is an excellent choice. Aja Romano, Vox, "Celebrating 10 years of Idris Elba becoming James Bond any second now," 10 Aug. 2018 Leo gave an excellent opening performance last weekend to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Watershed Moment in American History," 10 July 2018 Radar sensors are excellent for measuring distance and are virtually immune to being tricked by funny lighting or weather conditions, says Uwe Class, director of safe mobility systems at ZF. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 Both of those engines are hooked to Ford's excellent ten-speed automatic, which was codeveloped with GM and is showing up in its vehicles, too. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Diesel Truck Battle (Non-HD): F-150 Diesel Vs. Nissan Titan XD," 25 Jan. 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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excellent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of excellent

: very good : extremely good

excellent

adjective
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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