- 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.]
- 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