Meaning of “excellent” in the English Dictionary

"excellent" in British English

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uk /ˈek.səl.ənt/ us /ˈek.səl.ənt/

A2 extremely good:

The food was excellent.
Her car is in excellent condition.
The fall in interest rates is excellent news for borrowers.
"Our sales are up for the third year in a row." "Excellent." (= I'm extremely pleased.)

More examples

  • "Did you have any difficulty finding the theatre?" "No, your directions were excellent."
  • The gallery has an excellent collection of modern art.
  • The job offers excellent promotion prospects.
  • The restaurant is well known for its friendly atmosphere and excellent service.
  • Cycling is an excellent way to keep fit.
adverb uk /ˈek.səl.ə us /ˈek.səl.ə


  • The children behaved excellently and should be very proud of themselves.
  • I slept excellently after our walk yesterday.
  • For such an inexperienced team, they played excellently.
  • The group perform excellently together, giving a fine interpretation of the music.
  • We looked at some excellently preserved fossils from the Jurassic period.

(Definition of “excellent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"excellent" in American English

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us /ˈek·sə·lənt/

extremely good:

The car is in excellent condition.
noun [ U ] us /ˈek·sə·ləns/

The school is known for its excellence.

(Definition of “excellent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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