Definition of excellent in US English:

excellent

adjective

  • Extremely good; outstanding.

    ‘their results are excellent’
    ‘a 3-bedroom house in excellent condition’
    • ‘It was a fine start to what promises to be an excellent season of historic rallying.’
    • ‘For those with lesser appetites, this would probably be an excellent value meal for two.’
    • ‘A good strong powerful striker who is excellent in the air and has brilliant shooting.’
    • ‘There was a cool, shaded garden and an excellent veranda from which to watch the street go by.’
    • ‘In fairness, the pitch has seen some serious work on it and is in excellent condition.’
    • ‘The schools have had outstanding test and exam results as well as the excellent reports.’
    • ‘A quite excellent place to eat and the perfect place to end a very busy and interesting day.’
    • ‘He was an outstanding writer on his subject giving many excellent accounts of his work.’
    • ‘From this starting point pure fear is an excellent motivator to maintain perfection.’
    • ‘They keep an excellent pint, have a wicked sense of humour and Jimmy knows lots of rugby songs.’
    • ‘He looks very strong in defence and should prove an excellent asset and the first class centre.’
    • ‘We already have an excellent relationship with a supplier of a top class product.’
    • ‘The fireworks looked excellent from our vantage point in the Castle Terrace car park.’
    • ‘Jambolan juice is an excellent source of sherbets and syrups for making cool drinks.’
    • ‘For man is made to the image of God, which condition is undoubtedly most excellent.’
    • ‘My favourite ever piece of digital art is an excellent example of this kind of sublime infinity.’
    • ‘Followed by an excellent lunch, fine wine, more coffee and a Cuban cigar to finish off.’
    • ‘The nursing staff were excellent and kept us fully informed of our her condition.’
    • ‘Gilbert was an excellent mathematician and the author of a fine analysis textbook.’
    • ‘It seems like an excellent idea and we'll be popping down to get a couple soon.’
    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 preeminent’, from excellere (see excel). The current appreciatory sense dates from the early 17th century.

Pronunciation

excellent

/ˈɛks(ə)lənt//ˈeks(ə)lənt/