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[ek-suh-luh nt] /ˈɛk sə lənt/
possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good.
Archaic. extraordinary; superior.
Origin of excellent
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 excellently
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  • For all that wherein you have so excellently served and helped me—not for the form, but from the heart, I thank you.

    The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The girl is excellently bred, and I think her charming in every way.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • And we plan a corroboree at the colony after the Warlock is down, when there will be some excellently practiced singing.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Sometimes he would do excellently, and again he would "fall down" lamentably.

  • The perspective was excellently preserved; the foliage, verdure, and general colouring artistically toned and glazed.

  • Her evidence was supposed to have been excellently given, and to have been conclusive.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • This is a beautiful mushroom, and is excellently flavored; it has a wide range and is frequently found, in great abundance.

  • "Oh, that will do excellently," said Lady Cecily, all smiles again.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • "And that is why we get on so excellently," she added, with just a suspicion of hurry in her words.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • It is for two voices, a soprano and contralto, and is excellently written.

British Dictionary definitions for excellently


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



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

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