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[ek-suh-luh n-see] /ˈɛk sə lən si/
noun, plural excellencies.
(usually initial capital letter). Also, Excellence. a title of honor given to certain high officials, as governors, ambassadors, and Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops (preceded by his, your, etc.).
(usually initial capital letter) a person so entitled.
(usually initial capital letter) the title of the governor general of Canada while in office.
Usually, excellencies. excellent qualities or features.
Origin of excellency
1275-1325; Middle English excellencie < Latin excellentia. See excellent, -ency
Related forms
superexcellency, noun, plural superexcellencies. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It has doubly convinced me of the excellency of your mind, and of the honour of your disposition.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I should like especially to mention him for His excellency's consideration.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • I tell you, excellency, that the time will come in this land when those Commons will be king.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • "I see that you know his excellency," remarked d'Aguilar drily.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • The window is securely fastened, your excellency, unless he breaks the glass.

  • “I have secured some information, your excellency,” replied Dick.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • “I haven't secured a great deal of information, your excellency,” was the reply.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • “That is the proper course, your excellency,” said General Putnam.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
British Dictionary definitions for excellency


noun (pl) -lencies, -lences
usually preceded by Your, His, or Her. a title used to address or refer to a high-ranking official, such as an ambassador or governor
(RC Church) a title of bishops and archbishops in many non-English-speaking countries
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for excellency

"high rank," c.1200, from Latin excellentia (see excellence); as a title of honor it dates from early 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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