[ek-suh-luh n-see]

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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of excellency

1275–1325; Middle English excellencie < Latin excellentia. See excellent, -ency

Related formssu·per·ex·cel·len·cy, noun, plural su·per·ex·cel·len·cies.

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British Dictionary definitions for your-excellency



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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Word Origin and History for your-excellency



"high rank," c.1200, from Latin excellentia (see excellence); as a title of honor it dates from early 14c.

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