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[ek-suh-luh nt] /ˈɛk sə lənt/
possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good.
Archaic. extraordinary; superior.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin excellent- (stem of excellēns), present participle of excellere to excel; see -ent
Related forms
excellently, adverb
superexcellent, adjective
superexcellently, adverb
unexcellent, adjective
unexcellently, adverb
1. worthy, estimable, choice, fine, first-rate, prime, admirable.
1. inferior. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for excellent
  • These hunters have excellent hearing and vision and prefer to hunt under the cover of night.
  • You must have had an excellent art teacher in school.
  • These birds are excellent flyers and can be seen swooping low over the water to dive in and catch fish.
  • He wrote only a few plays, but they are all excellent in their kind.
  • We have numerous excellent players and great teamwork.
  • She notes that the weather for sailing was excellent the day .
  • The problem is, my buddy just received an excellent job offer and soon will be leaving.
  • They make excellent decisions and the company profits from it.
  • The University provides excellent research opportunities and supports external consulting.
  • That is an excellent idea.
British Dictionary definitions for excellent


exceptionally good; extremely meritorious; superior
Derived Forms
excellently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for excellent

mid-14c., from Old French excellent "outstanding, excellent," from Latin excellentem (nominative excellens), present participle of excellere (see excel).

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