Hypertext Webster Gateway: "excellent"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Excellent \Ex"cel*lent\, a. [F. excellent, L. excellens, -entis,
p. pr. of excellere. See {Excel}.]
1. Excelling; surpassing others in some good quality or the
sum of qualities; of great worth; eminent, in a good
sense; superior; as, an excellent man, artist, citizen,
husband, discourse, book, song, etc.; excellent breeding,
principles, aims, action.

To love . . . What I see excellent in good or fair.

2. Superior in kind or degree, irrespective of moral quality;
-- used with words of a bad significance. [Obs. or
Ironical] ``An excellent hypocrite.'' --Hume.

Their sorrows are most excellent. --Beau. & Fl.

Syn: Worthy; choice; prime; valuable; select; exquisite;
transcendent; admirable; worthy.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Excellent \Ex"cel*lent\, adv.
Excellently; eminently; exceedingly. [Obs.] ``This comes off
well and excellent.'' --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : of the highest quality; "made an excellent speech"; "the
school has excellent teachers"; "a first-class mind"
[syn: {first-class}, {fantabulous}]

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