[ ik-sel-see-er, ek- ]
/ ɪkˈsɛl si ər, ɛk- /


fine wood shavings, used for stuffing, packing, etc.
Printing. a 3-point type: a size smaller than brilliant.

Origin of excelsior

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; formerly a trademark

Definition for excelsior (2 of 2)

[ ek-sel-si-ohr; English ik-sel-see-awr, ek- ]
/ ɛkˈsɛl sɪˌoʊr; English ɪkˈsɛl siˌɔr, ɛk- /

adjective Latin.

ever upward: motto of New York State.
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British Dictionary definitions for excelsior

/ (ɪkˈsɛlsɪˌɔː) /

interjection, adverb, noun

excellent: used as a motto and as a trademark for various products, esp in the US for fine wood shavings used for packing breakable objects

Word Origin for excelsior

C19: from Latin: higher
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