From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishexcellentex‧cel‧lent /ˈeksələnt/ ●●●S1W2 adjective1GOOD/EXCELLENTextremely good or of very high qualityan excellent suggestionHis car is in excellent condition.Second-hand computers can be excellent value.► see thesaurus at good2spoken said when you approve of somethingSYN great‘I’ll bring the books over tonight.’ ‘Excellent.’ —excellently adverbTHESAURUSexcellent extremely good or of very high qualityHis English was excellent.an excellent piece of workgreat spoken extremely good. Great is less formal than excellent, and is the usualword to use in everydayspoken English‘Did you have a good holiday?’ ‘It was great!’He did a great job as captain.fantastic/terrific/wonderful spoken extremely good. These words sound even more excited than great or excellent‘I passed my exam.’ ‘That’s fantastic!’ Last year Jess had a terrific season, averaging eleven points a game. The trip will be a wonderful opportunity for the children.amazing/incredible extremely good in a surprising and exciting wayan amazing view of TokyoThe trip was an incredible experience.superb extremely good – used especially when you are very impressed by somethingThe acting was superb.There is a superb range of cheeses. first-class of a high quality and much better than most othersThe service is first-class.a first-class restaurant outstanding extremely good – used when saying how well someone does somethingHe’s an outstanding player.It was an outstanding performance by a talented young actor.exceptional unusually good – used when saying that someone or something is much better than any othersShe has an exceptional talent.He writes good essays, but I wouldn’t say that his work is particularly exceptional.Merits are given as an honour for exceptional achievement.out of this world [not before noun] spoken informal used when saying that something is so good that it is better than anything you could have imaginedThe food is out of this world.awesome especially American English very goodIt was an awesome concert.GrammarExcellent is not used with ‘very’. You say: It’s an excellent idea. |It’s a really excellent idea.✗Don’t say: It’s a very excellent idea.