[ ek-suh-luhns ]
/ ˈɛk sə ləns /


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 forms

su·per·ex·cel·lence, noun
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/ (ˈɛksələns) /


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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