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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It’s of no surprise that Victoria Monét has excellent taste in music. Sammie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Victoria Monét Shares Her Party-Ready Summer Fridays Playlist," 5 July 2019 The guests were excellent and the conversation intriguing. Sahil Handa, National Review, "What Conservatives Get Wrong about the Campus Wars," 4 July 2019 David Mendoza, a genealogist, says this is fairly straightforward, as the tight-knit community’s synagogue kept excellent records. The Economist, "British Jews trace Iberian heritage to retain EU citizenship," 4 July 2019 Pulliam, a lawyer and contributing editor of the excellent Law & Liberty blog, notes portentously that the Declaration is not mentioned in the Constitution. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: To construe the Constitution, look to the Declaration," 4 July 2019 Hopper and Joyce are obviously back too, along with Steve's excellent hair and his burgeoning friendship with Dustin. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Everything We Know So Far About Stranger Things Season 3," 3 July 2019 Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of immune-supporting vitamins A and C. One cup with the skin, about the size of a tennis ball, also provides 950 milligrams of potassium—more than twice the amount in a medium banana. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Healthy Late-Night Snacks," 3 July 2019 The brioche buns are excellent and baked fresh daily, and all the burgers are juicy, flavorful, meaty and perfectly cooked to order, while the combinations offered are fantastic. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Cooking over open flame: These are some of our favorite restaurants that use fire," 27 June 2019 According to the poll, 60.4 percent of state residents believe quality of life in Connecticut is either excellent or good. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Tolls vote still looming as General Assembly session ends," 7 June 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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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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