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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Examples from the Web for excellently

Historical Examples of excellently

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for excellently



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

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