excellence [ek-suh-luhns] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin noun
- the fact or state of ; superiority; eminence: his excellence in mathematics.
- an quality or feature: Use of herbs is one of the excellences of French cuisine.
- (usually initial capital letter) .
Origin of excellence 1350–1400; Middle English Middle French Latin excellentia. See, Related formssu·per·ex·cel·lence, nounSynonyms for excellence 1. , , . 2. , .Antonyms for excellence 2. . Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for excellences , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for excellences Historical Examples of excellences
But these excellences, though found in a hareem, will not fuse, as in a poem or a picture.
Suppose then, I said, that we determine how far they can unite this and the other excellences.
Each one extols with words and gestures the excellences of his boat.
Sven Anders Hedin
It is not our intention to characterise his excellences as a composer.
All in vain, however, did he point out the excellences of his work.
Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for excellences excellence noun
- the state or quality of excelling or being exceptionally good; extreme merit; superiority
- an action, characteristic, feature, etc, in which a person excels
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for excellences excellence n.
mid-14c., from Old French excellence, from Latin excellentia, from excellentem (see).
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