[[t]mɑ͟ːstə(r)li, mæ̱s-[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED (approval)
If you describe something as masterly, you admire it because it has been done extremely well or shows the highest level of ability and skill.

Malcolm Hebden gives a masterly performance...

Attlee was extremely intelligent and his grasp of the situation was masterly.


English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Masterly — Mas ter*ly, a. 1. Suitable to, or characteristic of, a master; indicating thorough knowledge or superior skill and power; showing a master s hand; as, a masterly design; a masterly performance; a masterly policy. A wise and masterly inactivity.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • masterly — [mas′tər lē] adj. showing the ability or skill of a master; expert [a masterly job of repair work] adv. in a masterly manner masterliness n …   English World dictionary

  • Masterly — Mas ter*ly, adv. With the skill of a master. [1913 Webster] Thou dost speak masterly. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • masterly — index artful, capable, competent, deft, expert, practiced, subtle (refined) Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • masterly — (adj.) 1530s, overbearing; 1660s, skillful, from MASTER (Cf. master) (n.) + LY (Cf. ly) …   Etymology dictionary

  • masterly — *proficient, adept, skilled, skillful, expert Analogous words: *dexterous, deft, adroit: preeminent, superlative, transcendent, *supreme …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • masterly — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ performed or performing very skilfully …   English terms dictionary

  • masterly — masterful, masterly Although both words have at some time in their history shared all the meanings involved here, they have settled down in more recent usage in such a way that masterful conveys meanings to do with dominance and power whereas… …   Modern English usage

  • masterly — adjective Date: 15th century 1. suitable to or resembling that of a master; especially indicating thorough knowledge or superior skill and power < a masterly performance > 2. having the power and skill of a master < she s masterly at description… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • masterly — masterliness, n. /mas teuhr lee, mah steuhr /, adj. 1. like or befitting a master, as in skill or art; worthy of a master; very skillful: a masterly presentation of the budget. adv. 2. in a masterly manner. [1375 1425; late ME maisterly. See… …   Universalium

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