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 North Ridgeville, Ohio - The North Ridgeville Police Department does an excellent job keeping residents safe and recently added an additional element of security. cleveland, "North Ridgeville Police Department partners with Ring home security: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 23 May 2020 Yount was also excellent, batting .414 with four extra base hits and six RBI of his own. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Cecil Cooper's single gives the Brewers their only American League pennant," 20 May 2020 The Dolphins do an excellent job of selling the run action by pulling the left guard across the formation, which forces Thomas to step forward to honor his run responsibility. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 backups who will play big roles for Cowboys, including why Tony Pollard needs to be an every-week RB," 18 May 2020 Outward visibility is excellent, but the SEL R-Line's front and rear parking sensors are still appreciated, given that from the driver's seat, the rear bumper seems to be about three counties yonder. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Satisfies the Brady Bunches of America and Bolsters VW's Bottom Line," 15 May 2020 Always order room service, as that’s the weakest [link] in any hotel: If the room service is excellent, so will the hotel. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "When a Hotel Is Home: 10 Insiders on Living With Room Service," 14 May 2020 In the absence of landmarks and boundaries, our head-direction cells and grid cells, which normally do an excellent job at keeping us on track, can’t compute direction and distance, and leave us flailing in space. Michael Bond, Wired, "Why Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost," 13 May 2020 Correctional Health is doing an excellent job isolating folks waiting for tests and quarantining close contacts. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "L.A. County Officials Report 40 Coronavirus Cases, One Death and Warning to Youth: "This Is Not Time to Have a Party"," 19 Mar. 2020 Flea and tick collars have improved tremendously over the years, with numerous types on the market that do an excellent job of preventing fleas and ticks from infesting your dog. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Protect Your Dog from Ticks and Fleas," 18 Feb. 2020

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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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“Excellent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellent. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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