excellent

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From Old French excellent, from Latin excellēns (elevated, exalted), present participle of excellō (elevate, exult)

Formed of portions excel and -ent

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excellent (comparative excellenter or more excellent, superlative excellentest or most excellent)

  1. Of the highest quality; splendid.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, Ch.I:
      A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
  2. Exceptionally good of its kind.
    • 2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “Focus on Everything”, American Scientist: 
      Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. That’s because the lenses that are excellent at magnifying tiny subjects produce a narrow depth of field. A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that.
  3. Superior in kind or degree, irrespective of moral quality.

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excellent (comparative more excellent, superlative most excellent)

  1. (obsolete) Excellently.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review Books 2001, p.287:
      Lucian, in his tract de Mercede conductis, hath excellent well deciphered such men's proceedings in his picture of Opulentia […].

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excellent (comparative excellenter, superlative excellentst)

  1. excellent, splendid

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French[edit]

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excellent m (feminine excellente, masculine plural excellents, feminine plural excellentes)

  1. Excellent; splendid.

Verb[edit]

excellent

  1. third-person plural present indicative of exceller
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of exceller

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excellent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of excellō