Etymology
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masterly (adj.)

1530s, "overbearing," a sense now obsolete; 1660s, "skillful, skillfully done or performed, with the skill or ability of a master," from master (n.) + -ly. For sense differentiation, see masterful.

updated on December 02, 2018

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Definitions of masterly from WordNet

masterly (adj.)
having or revealing supreme mastery or skill;
a masterly performance of the sonata
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