AskDefine | Define masterly

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masterly adj : having or revealing supreme mastery or skill; "a consummate artist"; "consummate skill"; "a masterful speaker"; "masterful technique"; "a masterly performance of the sonata"; "a virtuoso performance" [syn: consummate, masterful, virtuoso(a)]

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  1. That has been executed in the manner of one who is a master; extremely competently.
    Her years of experience enabled her to render a masterly performance.


  1. In a masterful manner.
    When playing the violin his masterly bowing technique was a joy to hear.
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