Definition of excellent in English:

excellent

adjective

  • Extremely good; outstanding.

    ‘the lorry was in excellent condition’
    ‘their results are excellent’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From this starting point pure fear is an excellent motivator to maintain perfection.’
    • ‘Followed by an excellent lunch, fine wine, more coffee and a Cuban cigar to finish off.’
    • ‘The schools have had outstanding test and exam results as well as the excellent reports.’
    • ‘The nursing staff were excellent and kept us fully informed of our her condition.’
    • ‘He was an outstanding writer on his subject giving many excellent accounts of his work.’
    • ‘My favourite ever piece of digital art is an excellent example of this kind of sublime infinity.’
    • ‘They keep an excellent pint, have a wicked sense of humour and Jimmy knows lots of rugby songs.’
    • ‘We already have an excellent relationship with a supplier of a top class product.’
    • ‘There was a cool, shaded garden and an excellent veranda from which to watch the street go by.’
    • ‘A quite excellent place to eat and the perfect place to end a very busy and interesting day.’
    • ‘A good strong powerful striker who is excellent in the air and has brilliant shooting.’
    • ‘Gilbert was an excellent mathematician and the author of a fine analysis textbook.’
    • ‘Jambolan juice is an excellent source of sherbets and syrups for making cool drinks.’
    • ‘It was a fine start to what promises to be an excellent season of historic rallying.’
    • ‘It seems like an excellent idea and we'll be popping down to get a couple soon.’
    • ‘For those with lesser appetites, this would probably be an excellent value meal for two.’
    • ‘The fireworks looked excellent from our vantage point in the Castle Terrace car park.’
    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
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exclamation

  • Used to indicate approval or pleasure.

    ‘‘What a lovely idea! Excellent!’’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

excellent

/ˈɛks(ə)l(ə)nt/