- of the most excellent sort; surpassing all others
- most suitable, most desirable, most favorable, most profitable, etc.
- being almost the whole; largest: it took the best part of an hour
ME best, betst < OE betst (akin to Goth batists) < ? IE base *bhad-, good > Sans bhadrá-ḥ, fortunate, good
to win out over; defeat or outdo