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masterly

[mas-ter-lee, mah-ster-]
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adjective
  1. like or befitting a master, as in skill or art; worthy of a master; very skillful: a masterly presentation of the budget.
adverb
  1. in a masterly manner.

Origin of masterly

First recorded in 1375–1425, masterly is from the late Middle English word maisterly. See master, -ly
Related formsmas·ter·li·ness, noun
Can be confusedmasterful masterly (see usage note at masterful)

Usage note

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Examples from the Web for masterly

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  • All these thoughts came to her with rapidity, as Crane talked with masterly judgment.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • The whole is first laid in with a very delicate and masterly gray, 8.

  • It was really magnificent, full of masterly breadth of colouring.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • She suddenly received a masterly blow just on the right cheek.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • How masterly is he in all the points of his profession as evinced in a criminal court.


British Dictionary definitions for masterly

masterly

adjective
  1. of the skill befitting a mastera masterly performance
Derived Formsmasterliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for masterly

adj.

1530s, "overbearing;" 1660s, "skillful," from master (n.) + -ly.

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