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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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  • He has been excellently received, and is "perpetualy imploy'd."

  • "These will do excellently for lighting our morning camp fire," he said.

  • The opera did very poor business, and we did not do excellently either.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • "Oh, that will do excellently," said Lady Cecily, all smiles again.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • On the bridegroom's part it was excellently acted; yet it came too late to be convincing.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • She frowned upon him now, so excellently had he done his work.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • "Why, this exile suits me excellently well," returned Francesco.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • An excellent day's work, thought he, most excellently accomplished.

  • It certainly tasted most excellently, and even the smell of it affected my head.

    Hair Breadth Escapes T. S. Arthur
  • "You have done excellently, my dear friend—most excellently," declared the monk.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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