: having acquired mastery of or skill in something (such as a technique or a trade)
skilled in the art of negotiation
: of, relating to, or requiring workers or labor with skill and training in a particular occupation, craft, or trade
Choose the Right Synonym for skilled

proficient, adept, skilled, skillful, expert mean having great knowledge and experience in a trade or profession.

proficient implies a thorough competence derived from training and practice.

proficient in translating foreign languages

adept implies special aptitude as well as proficiency.

adept at doing long division

skilled stresses mastery of technique.

a skilled surgeon

skillful implies individual dexterity in execution or performance.

skillful drivers

expert implies extraordinary proficiency and often connotes knowledge as well as technical skill.

expert in the evaluation of wines

Examples of skilled in a Sentence

a very skilled and talented writer He is skilled at cooking. Carpentry is a skilled trade.
Recent Examples on the Web Of the more fortunate girls, the queen bee is Lucia (Carlotta Gamba), the Institute’s first violin, who is skilled if not especially inspired in her playing, and has an eye on escape via her courtship with wealthy dreamboat Cristiano (Vincenzo Crea). Guy Lodge, Variety, 22 Feb. 2024 In addition to honoring their resilience, Mary V. Thompson, the historian emerita at Mount Vernon, wants people to realize the technical skill and talent of enslaved cooks, noting that some have questioned whether a chef like Posey would have been skilled enough to make complicated dishes. Ramin Ganeshram, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Aggressively self-promoting and consummately skilled at social media, Gaetz seems molded in the image of his mentor, Trump. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 In 2022 and 2023, Boeing trimmed 2,000 white-collar jobs but roughly another 15,000 employees left of their own accord, company financial filings show, many of them engineers and manufacturing workers, in a combination of retirements and job-hopping in a hot market for skilled labor. Jeremy Bogaisky, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 One of the key missions of the Space Force is to train troops skilled in detecting and defending against those threats. Matthew Lee, arkansasonline.com, 15 Feb. 2024 By the Middle Ages, butchery was a respected and skilled craft: the Worshipful Company of Butchers, one of the historic livery companies (or trade associations) of London, traces its roots back to 975 AD, while the York Butchers’ Gild appeared in the Freemen’s Rolls in 1272. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 15 Feb. 2024 Credible companies typically hire skilled specialists with Master’s or Ph.D. degrees, who might be teachers, researchers, or even professors. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 Wages, however, will rise more slowly, in part reflecting the increase in the number of lower skilled workers, in the CBO’s estimation. TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skilled was in 1552

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“Skilled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skilled. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having skill : expert
skilled workers
: requiring skill and training
a skilled trade

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