from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of the highest or finest quality; exceptionally good of its kind.
  • adj. Archaic Superior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the highest quality; splendid.
  • adj. Exceptionally good of its kind.
  • adv. Excellently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Excelling; surpassing others in some good quality or the sum of qualities; of great worth; eminent, in a good sense; superior
  • adj. Superior in kind or degree, irrespective of moral quality; -- used with words of a bad significance.
  • adv. Excellently; eminently; exceedingly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Excelling; possessing excellence; eminent or distinguished for superior merit of any kind; of surpassing character or quality; uncommonly laudable or valuable for any reason; characterized by good or sensible qualities; remarkably good: as, an excellent magistrate; an excellent farm, horse, or fruit; an excellent workman.
  • Surpassing; transcendent; consummate; complete: in an ill sense.
  • Synonyms Worthy, fine, admirable, choice, prime, valuable, select, exquisite.
  • Excellently; exceedingly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very good;of the highest quality


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin excellēns, excellent-, present participle of excellere, to excel; see excel.

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From Latin excellēns ("elevated, exalted"), present participle of excellō ("elevate, exult")


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