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excellence Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
  2. noun an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels
    • a center of manufacturing excellence
    • the use of herbs is one of the excellencies of French cuisine

Ex"cel*lence noun
F. excellence, L. excellentia.
  1. The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; exalted merit; superiority in virtue.
    Consider first that great Or bright infers not excellence. Milton.
  2. An excellent or valuable quality; that by which any one excels or is eminent; a virtue.
    With every excellence refined. Beattie.
  3. A title of honor or respect; -- more common in the form excellency.
    I do greet your excellence With letters of commission from the king. Shak.
    Syn. -- Superiority; preëminence; perfection; worth; goodness; purity; greatness.

Webster 1913