Definition of excellent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛks(ə)l(ə)nt/


Extremely good; outstanding: the lorry was 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, magnificent, of high quality, of the highest quality, of the highest standard, exceptional, marvellous, wonderful, sublime, perfect, eminent, pre-eminent, matchless, peerless, supreme, first-rate, first-class, superior, superlative, splendid, admirable, worthy, sterling, fine
informal super, A1, ace, great, terrific, tremendous, fantastic, fab, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, top-notch, tip-top, class, awesome, magic, wicked, cool, out of this world, too good to be true, mind-blowing
British informal brilliant, brill, smashing, champion, bosting
North American informal badass
US informal awesomesauce, on fleek
Australian informal beaut, bonzer
British informal, dated spiffing, ripping, topping, top-hole, wizard, capital
North American informal, dated swell
Australian/New Zealand informal, dated bosker
vulgar slang shit hot
rare applaudable


Used to indicate approval or pleasure: ‘What a lovely idea! Excellent!’


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

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