ex·​cel·​lence | \ ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)s How to pronounce excellence (audio) \

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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Thanks for your excellence, for your strength, for your smile, for inspiring so many, for honoring life with your essence. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Stars mourn the death of actress Edith González: 'With a standing ovation, we say goodbye'," 14 June 2019 His excellence against Los Angeles will not go unnoticed. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants’ window to trade Madison Bumgarner opens for the first time today," 10 June 2019 Vogueworld Tony Awards 2019 Red Carpet Live: All the Celebrity Dresses and Fashion 39 Slides Tonight, the 73rd Annual Tony Awards honored nominees for their excellence in Broadway theater. Vogue, "Tony Awards 2019 Red Carpet Live: All the Celebrity Dresses and Fashion," 9 June 2019 Many of these squads didn’t, but are recognized for their excellence throughout the season. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "Winners abound among high school sports teams of the year," 8 June 2019 Januzaj’s goal was a moment of individual excellence in a match that didn’t show much of it. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Belgium Beats England, but Faces Tougher World Cup Bracket," 29 June 2018 But there was no deficit of artistic excellence in the 136 productions eligible for 45th edition of the awards. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "At non-Equity Jeff Awards, Griffin's 'Ragtime,' Theo Ubique's 'Sweeney Todd' and Steep's 'Lela & Co.' among winners," 11 June 2018 The society will award two $1,000 scholarships to graduating Laurel-area high school students who have shown a commitment to excellence in social studies and plan to continue those endeavors at the college level. Mary Schneidau Sullivan, Laurel Leader, "Bike parade for kids is two-wheeled-fun [Old Town Laurel]," 7 June 2018 The Tony Awards announced Thursday that Melody Herzfeld of Parkland, Fla., has been named the fourth recipient of the excellence in theatre education award. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tonys 2018: Parkland Drama Teacher to Be Honored," 31 May 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 How to pronounce excellence (audio) \

Kids Definition of excellence

: high quality

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