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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Moreover, people appear quite optimistic — 65 percent of Americans say the economy is good or excellent, the best marks since January 2001, according to the Post. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Polls show Democrats with an advantage in the House. They still might not take Congress.," 4 Nov. 2018 Bobby Cannavale, as a grotesquely amoral middle manager, and Shea Whigham, as a Department of Defense investigator—both in supporting roles—are excellent, too. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "The Unsettling, Paranoia-Inducing Homecoming Is Your Next TV Binge," 2 Nov. 2018 Both teams will find things to like there: Hazard was excellent, probably the best player on the field, and De Bruyne was dangerous at times, too. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 So do his friendships with his co-workers Salvador and Squeeze (Jermaine Fowler and Steven Yeun, both excellent), who become involved in an increasingly noisy union protest outside the doors of RegalView. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' is an arrestingly surreal satire on class rage and cultural identity," 5 July 2018 These three lines, one dreadful and two excellent, belong to Matt Carpenter. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Matt Carpenter's Hitting Resurgence is Thanks to His Increased Aggressiveness," 2 July 2018 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

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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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excited commotion or publicity

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