Definition of masterly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmastərlē/


Performed or performing in a very skillful and accomplished way: his masterly account of rural France
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  • 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.
expert, adept, clever, masterful, skillful, skilled, adroit, proficient, deft, dexterous, accomplished, polished, consummate
informal crack, ace


On the difference in use between masterly and masterful, see masterful (usage).

Words that rhyme with masterly


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Syllabification: mas·ter·ly

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