excellence

[ ek-suh-luhns ]
/ ˈɛk sə ləns /

noun

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).

Nearby words

  1. exceed,
  2. exceedance,
  3. exceeding,
  4. exceedingly,
  5. excel,
  6. excellency,
  7. excellent,
  8. excelsior,
  9. excelsior springs,
  10. excementosis

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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British Dictionary definitions for excellence

excellence

/ (ˈɛksələns) /

noun

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

excellence

n.

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

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