excellent

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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, chapter 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”, in 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, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:
      , 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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Most common English words before 1923: doctor · Michael · fee · #997: excellent · Peter · instant · promised

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excellent (comparative excellenter, superlative excellentst)

  1. excellent, splendid

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of excellent
uninflected excellent
inflected excellente
comparative excellenter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial excellent excellenter het excellentst
het excellentste
indefinite m./f. sing. excellente excellentere excellentste
n. sing. excellent excellenter excellentste
plural excellente excellentere excellentste
definite excellente excellentere excellentste
partitive excellents excellenters

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

  1. excellent; splendid

Etymology 2[edit]

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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