excellent

[ ek-suh-luhnt ]
/ ˈɛk sə lənt /

adjective

possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good.
Archaic. extraordinary; superior.

Nearby words

  1. exceeding,
  2. exceedingly,
  3. excel,
  4. excellence,
  5. excellency,
  6. excelsior,
  7. excelsior springs,
  8. excementosis,
  9. except,
  10. except for

Origin of excellent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin excellent- (stem of excellēns), present participle of excellere to excel; see -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for excellent

excellent

/ (ˈɛksələnt) /

adjective

exceptionally good; extremely meritorious; superior
Derived Formsexcellently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for excellent

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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