[ ek-suh-luhns ]
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  1. the fact or state of excelling; superiority; eminence: his excellence in mathematics.

  2. an excellent quality or feature: Use of herbs is one of the excellences of French cuisine.

  1. (usually initial capital letter) excellency (def. 1).

Origin of excellence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin excellentia; equivalent to excel + -ence

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  • su·per·ex·cel·lence, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for excellence


/ (ˈɛksələns) /

  1. the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority

  2. an action, characteristic, feature, etc, in which a person excels

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