[ mas-ter-lee, mah-ster- ]
/ ˈmæs tər li, ˈmɑ stər- /


like or befitting a master, as in skill or art; worthy of a master; very skillful: a masterly presentation of the budget.


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 forms

mas·ter·li·ness, noun

Can be confused

masterful masterly (see usage note at masterful)

Usage note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for masterly


/ (ˈmɑːstəlɪ) /


of the skill befitting a mastera masterly performance

Derived Forms

masterliness, noun
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