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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ex"cel*lent
  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." [Milton.]
  2. Superior in kind or degree, irrespective of moral quality; -- used with words of a bad significance.(Obs. or Ironical)"An excellenthypocrite." [Hume.]"Their sorrows are most excellent." [Beau. & Fl.]
    synonyms: Worthy; choice; prime; valuable; select; exquisite; transcendent; admirable; worthy.

Etymology: F. excellent, L. excellens -entis, p. pr. of excellere. See Excel

adverb Ex"cel*lent
Excellently; eminently; exceedingly.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Very good; of the highest quality ("made an excellent speech")

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

Formed of portions excel and -ent

excellent was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, and Latin

Notable Persons Named Excellent

Excellent Walaza is a soccer player for the Vasco da Gama (South Africa), Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United F.C., Bloemfontein Celtic F.C., and South Africa national football team. Excellent was born on April 8th, 1987 in Soweto.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Excellent U.S.
  White 1.66% 64.26%
  African American 91.72% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Excellent

People with the last name Excellent are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Excellent

  • How Popular is the name Excellent? As a last name Excellent was the 65,593rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Excellent first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Excellent is Tuesday, January 3rd, 1899.
  • How unique is the name Excellent? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Excellent. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Excellent: Your name in reverse order is Tnellecxe. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Leelcxent. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Excellent? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 302 people with the last name Excellent.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Excellent? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Excellent as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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