[ wel-duhn ]
/ ˈwɛlˈdʌn /


performed accurately and diligently; executed with skill and efficiency.
(of meat) thoroughly cooked, especially until all redness is gone.

Origin of well-done

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200
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adjective (well done when postpositive)

(of food, esp meat) cooked thoroughly
made or accomplished satisfactorily
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Word Origin and History for well-done



c.1200, "wise, prudent," from well (adv.) + past participle of do. Meaning "thoroughly cooked," in reference to meat, is attested from 1747. Well done! as an exclamation of approval is recorded from mid-15c.

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