excellent

See also: excel·lent

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English excellent, from Old French excellent, from Latin excellēns (elevated, exalted), present participle of excellō (elevate, exult), equivalent to excel +‎ -ent.

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

  1. Having excelled, having surpassed.
  2. Of higher or the highest quality; splendid.
  3. 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.
    Bill and Ted had an excellent adventure last week in preparation of their history exam.
  4. Superior in kind or degree, irrespective of moral quality.

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excellent (comparative more excellent, superlative most excellent)

  1. (obsolete) Excellently.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:
      , 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

InflectionEdit

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 1Edit

Borrowed from Latin excellens.

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

  1. excellent; splendid

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This adjective is generally placed before the noun it modifies.

Etymology 2Edit

See the etymology of the main entry.

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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

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

  1. excellent
    • 1549, Commentaires tres excellens de l'hystoire des plantes[1], Paris:

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin excellēns.

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excellent m (feminine singular excellenta, masculine plural excellents, feminine plural excellentas)

  1. excellent

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