the fact or state of excelling; superiority; eminence: his excellence in mathematics.
an excellent quality or feature: Use of herbs is one of the excellences of French cuisine.
(usually initial capital letter) excellency(def 1).

Origin of excellence

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin excellentia. See excel, -ence
Related formssu·per·ex·cel·lence, noun

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Antonyms for excellence

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Historical Examples of excellence

  • It was an animate statue to the excellence of good, clean living.


    W. A. Fraser

  • I was surprised by the excellence of the hotel at which I was lodged.

  • His work in other kinds is of a very different order of excellence.

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1

    Henry Fielding

  • But that is easily forgiven in consideration of the excellence of the matter.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • This excellence may be one of proportion or one of many other kinds.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

British Dictionary definitions for excellence



the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority
an action, characteristic, feature, etc, in which a person excels
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Word Origin and History for excellence

mid-14c., from Old French excellence, from Latin excellentia, from excellentem (see excellent).

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