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 formsex·cel·lent·ly, adverbsu·per·ex·cel·lent, adjectivesu·per·ex·cel·lent·ly, adverbun·ex·cel·lent, adjectiveun·ex·cel·lent·ly, adverb

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Contemporary Examples of excellent

Historical Examples of excellent

  • With these thoughts was mingled deep pity for the pure-minded and excellent Philæmon.


    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



exceptionally good; extremely meritorious; superior
Derived Formsexcellently, adverb
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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).

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