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excellent

[ek-suh-luh nt] /ˈɛk sə lənt/
adjective
1.
possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good.
2.
Archaic. extraordinary; superior.
Origin of excellent
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. worthy, estimable, choice, fine, first-rate, prime, admirable.
Antonyms
1. inferior.
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  • With these thoughts was mingled deep pity for the pure-minded and excellent Philæmon.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The lotus is a leguminous plant—so excellent for the salad—not for the roast.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Miss Bines and young Milbrey were already on excellent terms.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • With Captain Evans, on the other hand, Robert was on excellent terms.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • We soon pitched camp, and took the horses to the feed, which was excellent.

British Dictionary definitions for excellent

excellent

/ˈɛksələnt/
adjective
1.
exceptionally good; extremely meritorious; superior
Derived Forms
excellently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for excellent
adj.

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

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