noun, plural ex·cel·len·cies.
(usually initial capital letter) Also Excellence. a title of honor given to certain high officials, as governors, ambassadors, and Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops (preceded by his, your, etc.).
(usually initial capital letter) a person so entitled.
(usually initial capital letter) the title of the governor general of Canada while in office.
Usually excellencies. excellent qualities or features.
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noun plural -lencies or -lences
(usually preceded by Your, His, or Her) a title used to address or refer to a high-ranking official, such as an ambassador or governor
RC Church a title of bishops and archbishops in many non-English-speaking countries
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"high rank," c.1200, from Latin excellentia (see excellence); as a title of honor it dates from early 14c.
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