excellence

[ek-suh-luhns]
noun
  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.
  3. (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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excellence

noun
  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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Word Origin and History for excellences

excellence

n.

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

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