- (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
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Examples from the Web for excellency
Now the correspondents brazenly asked the president for permission to “dedicate it to your excellency.”How a Racist Newspaper Defeated Lincoln in New York in the 1864 Election
May 2, 2013
Quite how a full-scale civil war can avoid being “politicized,” His Excellency failed to enlighten the chamber.The U.N. Session on Censuring Syria Brings Out the World’s Thugs
August 11, 2012
It has doubly convinced me of the excellency of your mind, and of the honour of your disposition.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
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.
"I see that you know his Excellency," remarked d'Aguilar drily.
The window is securely fastened, your Excellency, unless he breaks the glass.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
- (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
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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