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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Morton's commitment to excellence is unwavering and is showcased in each menu item through the careful preparation and quality ingredients. Houston Chronicle, "Morton’s The Steakhouse," 27 June 2018 Clinical excellence is the primary driver of health-care outcomes. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "Cooper doctors study 'compassion crisis' in health care," 15 Mar. 2018 Among them was a lengthy defense Trump presented of his own capabilities and excellence. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Trump brags about winning the presidency on his first try (as most presidents have)," 12 Jan. 2018 The most important things are focus, tenacity, operational excellence, speed of execution and hard work. Yun-hee Kim, WSJ, "China’s Race to Dominate AI," 12 Nov. 2018 From the publisher: Beyond Tim Tebow's exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. Fox News, "'This Is the Day' by Tim Tebow," 27 Sep. 2018 Ming-Na Wen presented Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher Melody Herzfeld with the excellence in theater education award during the ceremony. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tonys: Parkland Students Perform "Seasons of Love"," 11 June 2018 While New York is unique in relying solely on one test, the long-simmering disagreements over definitions of merit, excellence, and equity resonate more broadly. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Keep the test!' A debate flares over exam-based public high schools.," 6 July 2018 The 18-year-old brothers from New Jersey delivered a rousing and light-hearted speech at their Woodbridge High School graduation ceremony on Thursday, capping off years of academic excellence and hard work. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "New Jersey fraternal twins named co-valedictorians, set to head to MIT together," 24 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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