- To excel is defined as to be very good at something.
An example of excel is to be good enough at a sport to be an Olympic athlete.
transitive verbexcelled, excelling
Origin of excelMiddle English excellen ; from Old French exceller ; from Classical Latin excellere, to raise, surpass, excel ; from ex-, out of, from + -cellere, to rise, project ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to project from source hill, Classical Greek kolophōn
verbex·celled, ex·cel·ling, ex·cels
Origin of excelMiddle English excellen, from Latin excellere; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present excels, present participle excelling, simple past and past participle excelled)
excel - Computer Definition
A full-featured spreadsheet for Windows and the Macintosh from Microsoft. It can link many spreadsheets for consolidation and provides a wide variety of business graphics and charts for creating presentation materials. Since its launch in the mid-1980s, Excel has captured some 90% of the spreadsheet market, enduring well past VisiCalc and Lotus 123. For a tutorial on the essentials of Excel, see XL abc's.