- Performed or performing in a very skillful and accomplished way: his masterly account of rural FranceMore example sentences
- This is a masterly account: detailed but always readable, authoritative but strenuously objective.
- Apart from these two errors, the book is a masterly and worthy account of a crucial period in our history with excellent maps.
- He gave a masterly account of the solo role in this work which makes huge demands on the soloist.
On the difference in use between masterly and masterful, see masterful (usage).