Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state, quality, or condition of excelling; superiority.
  • n. Something in which one excels.
  • n. Excellency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; exalted merit; superiority in virtue.
  • n. Something in which one excels.
  • n. An excellent or valuable quality; that by which any one excels or is eminent; a virtue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; exalted merit; superiority in virtue.
  • n. An excellent or valuable quality; that by which any one excels or is eminent; a virtue.
  • n. A title of honor or respect; -- more common in the form excellency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of excelling in anything or of possessing good qualities in an unusual or eminent degree; merit; goodness; virtue; superiority; eminence.
  • n. A mark or trait of superiority; a valuable quality; anything highly laudable, meritorious, or virtuous in persons, or valuable and esteemed in things; a merit.
  • n. Same as excellency, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
  • n. an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels

Etymologies

Latin excellentia (Wiktionary)

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