Someone masterful is really good at a particular task or skill. A masterful pianist is accomplished and experienced — in other words, she plays extremely well.

A masterful stone mason builds beautiful, sturdy walls, and a masterful math teacher is capable of teaching even students who think they hate math how to solve complex equations. An alternate way to use this word is to mean "like a master" or "controlling and powerful." In fact, this is the word's original meaning, from the Latin root word magister, "chief, head, or director."

Definitions of masterful
  1. adjective
    having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
    “a masterful speaker”
    masterful technique”
    synonyms: consummate, masterly, virtuoso
    having or showing or requiring special skill
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