- possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good.
- Archaic. extraordinary; superior.
Origin of excellent
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Examples from the Web for excellent
But truth be told, I never came close to mastering the language despite my excellent grades.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
As this excellent piece in Mother Jones describes, however, Holsey had outrageously poor representation during his trial.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
The text amply surveys the various cultural exponents of tattooing accompanied by excellent images.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
In his 2010 evaluation, Wright was praised for “excellent knowledge of RRC rules, regulations and policies.”Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
Though, at their best, the Van Winkle whiskies are excellent, Pappy is not uniquely great.The Cult of Pappy van Winkle
December 3, 2014
With these thoughts was mingled deep pity for the pure-minded and excellent Philæmon.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Miss Bines and young Milbrey were already on excellent terms.
The lotus is a leguminous plant—so excellent for the salad—not for the roast.
With Captain Evans, on the other hand, Robert was on excellent terms.Brave and Bold
We soon pitched camp, and took the horses to the feed, which was excellent.Explorations in Australia
- exceptionally good; extremely meritorious; superior
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).