ex·​cel·​lence | \ ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)s \

Definition of excellence

1 : the quality of being excellent
2 : an excellent or valuable quality : virtue

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Examples of excellence in a Sentence

The school is known for the excellence of its teachers. an award for academic excellence setting a high standard of excellence
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Beyoncé sells a power fantasy in untouchable excellence and relentless dedication. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.," 11 Nov. 2018 Deep feeling was conveyed solely through musical excellence and restraint. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Czech Philharmonic’s Global Ambitions," 31 Oct. 2018 In 2015, Luo was recognized by Ernst & Young for entrepreneurial excellence in the automotive supplier category. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford China CEO shocks investors with resignation; company officials focus on future," 29 Jan. 2018 For billionaire car collectors, Monterey Car Week each August is the ultimate event in the world, a rollicking celebration of excellence, commerce, charity, and glamorous camaraderie. Alex Hitz, Town & Country, "The Quail Is the Highlight of Monterey Car Week," 6 Sep. 2018 Each year, the Michigan Teacher of the Year program selects someone who best represents excellence in teaching, and that person serves as a spokesperson for all teachers in the state for the year. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "What soccer-loving uncle taught 2 top Michigan teachers," 13 July 2018 Losing himself in the quest for excellence, in the special kind of joy with which children fill minor league ballparks on summer nights, is a good thing for him right now. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dom Amore: Yard Goats' Sam Hilliard Stoically Carries A Burden As He Pursues Big Leagues," 10 July 2018 More: Sacred Heart's Cassie Amshoff named Courier Journal Girls Soccer Player of the Year The Gatorade award recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Sacred Heart's Amshoff named Gatorade Kentucky Soccer Player of Year," 18 June 2018 Todd also talks about Chase Anderson's struggles, the return of Eric Thames, Lorenzo Cain's excellence, Jonathan Villar's bounceback and a brief look back at the Brewers' 2018 draft. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers Podcast: Brewers make a trade, plus TV broadcaster Jerry Augustine talks '70s Brewers baseball, UWM, St. Augie and Davey Nelson," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of excellence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of excellence

: extremely high quality


ex·​cel·​lence | \ ˈek-sə-ləns \

Kids Definition of excellence

: high quality

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