American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for certain high officials, such as viceroys, ambassadors, and governors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as excellence, 1 and 2.
- n. A title of honor given to governors, ambassadors (as representing not the affairs alone but the persons of sovereign princes, to whom the title was formerly applied), ministers, and other high officers: with your, his, etc.; hence, a person entitled to this designation. The title His Excellency is given to the governor by the constitutions of New Hampshire and Massachusetts; and it is conventionally applied to the governors of other States and the President of the United States, and sometimes to the incumbents of other high offices.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Excellence; virtue; dignity; worth; superiority.
- n. A title of honor given to certain high dignitaries, esp. to viceroys, ministers, and ambassadors, to English colonial governors, etc. It was formerly sometimes given to kings and princes.
- n. an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels
- n. a title used to address dignitaries (such as ambassadors or governors); usually preceded by `Your' or `His' or `Her'
“The very natives who were employed about the factory had noticed the change, and had muttered, in their broken English, that there must be some strange curse attending the word Excellency; for that, ever since the chief of the strangers was called Excellency, every thing had gone to ruin.”
“Her Excellency is also, as she noted in her remarks welcoming Chinese President Hu Jintao to Canada last week, a Canadian of Chinese origin and a member of a community of over one million people who participate fully in the intellectual, economic and political life of Canada.”
“To say simply, "We admire you, Your Excellency", is to treat lightly the esteem we have for you as a woman and a leader.”
“Today, Your Excellency, is as you know, April 1st.”
“Gentlemen, would you kindly remain standing while I accompany His Excellency from the room.”
“To express the appreciation of this great audience to His Excellency is a high but overwhelming honour for a fifth speaker on the programme and because of the artistic demands of the occasion.”
“I call your Excellency's attention to this, notwithstanding it is already known to all the world as a consequence of the publication of our correspondence in regard to these matters with several of the belligerent nations, because I cannot assume that you have official cognizance of it.”
“To His Excellency is happening an event of serious import, for he is bringing to us thoughts and ideas from the Motherland and the interpreting these for our better understanding, and we must have a common understanding so that those things which are for the benefit of the Empire as a whole may be carried out.”
“That, I understand from His Excellency, is one of the penalties of his office, but it gives us no small pleasure to have the members of the Empire Club with us today.”
“His Excellency is worthy of our respect, and our gratitude goes out to him today for his presence and his address.”
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