Definition of excellent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeks(ə)lənt/


Extremely good; outstanding: a 3-bedroom house in excellent condition their results are excellent
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  • In fairness, the pitch has seen some serious work on it and is in excellent condition.
  • For man is made to the image of God, which condition is undoubtedly most excellent.
  • He looks very strong in defence and should prove an excellent asset and the first class centre.
very good, superb, outstanding, exceptional, marvelous, wonderful, magnificent;
preeminent, perfect, matchless, unbeatable, peerless, supreme, prime, first-rate, first-class, superlative, splendid, fine, beautiful, exemplary
informal A1, ace, great, terrific, tremendous, fantastic, fabulous, splendiferous, fab, top-notch, dandy, divine, blue-ribbon, blue-chip, bang-up, skookum, class, awesome, magic, wicked, mean, cool, out of this world, hunky-dory, A-OK, brilliant, killer


Used to indicate approval or pleasure: “What a lovely idea! Excellent!”


Late Middle English (in the general sense 'excelling, outstanding', referring to either a good or bad quality): from Old French, from Latin excellent 'being preeminent', from excellere (see excel). The current appreciatory sense dates from the early 17th century.

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Syllabification: ex·cel·lent

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