masterly

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

adjective

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

adverb

in a masterly manner.

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Origin of masterly

First recorded in 1375–1425, masterly is from the late Middle English word maisterly. See master, -ly

usage note for masterly

OTHER WORDS FROM masterly

mas·ter·li·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH masterly

masterful masterly (see usage note at masterful)
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British Dictionary definitions for masterly

masterly
/ (ˈmɑːstəlɪ) /

adjective

of the skill befitting a mastera masterly performance

Derived forms of masterly

masterliness, noun
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