excellent Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite very good; of the highest quality
    fantabulous; first-class; splendid.
    • made an excellent speech
    • the school has excellent teachers
    • a first-class mind


Ex"cel*lent adjective
F. excellent, L. excellens, -entis, p. pr. of excellere. See Excel.
  1. Excelling; surpassing others in some good quality or the sum of qualities; of great worth; eminent, in a good sense; superior; as, an excellent man, artist, citizen, husband, discourse, book, song, etc.; excellent breeding, principles, aims, action.
    To love . . . What I see excellent in good or fair. Milton.
  2. Superior in kind or degree, irrespective of moral quality; -- used with words of a bad significance. Obs. or Ironical "An excellent hypocrite." Hume.
    Their sorrows are most excellent. Beau. & Fl.
    Syn. -- Worthy; choice; prime; valuable; select; exquisite; transcendent; admirable; worthy.
Ex"cel*lent adverb
  1. Excellently; eminently; exceedingly. Obs. "This comes off well and excellent." Shak.

Webster 1913