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

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
Recent Examples on the Web But even for a crusty critic, excellence doesn’t seem to be the only important metric right now. New York Times, 9 May 2022 In today’s hyper-competitive landscape, e-commerce success requires operational excellence, if not perfection. Burc Tanir, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Smith was Jaycee Horn’s successor and maintained Horn’s excellence for the Gamecocks. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 May 2022 Heavy metal band Judas Priest and duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will receive the musical excellence award. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 4 May 2022 The emphasis on excellence is so pervasive in their social circles, Lum said, that one student, Ian Wang, applied more pressure on himself despite active encouragement from his parents, who are Lowell alums, to take a less intensive course load. NBC News, 3 May 2022 The Thorns pummeled the Kansas City Current 3-0 in a display of both their offensive firepower and tactical excellence under new coach Rhian Wilkinson. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 In other words, school districts will be playing catch up for 8-12 years instead of promoting excellence in schools. Arkansas Online, 29 Apr. 2022 It cannot be hacked by assembling a few pieces of otherworldly talent, it cannot be overcome by one person’s excellence, or committed to part-time, it must be played coherently, together, and that is basketball’s highest expression: teamwork. Jason Gay, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of excellence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Excellence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellence. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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ex·​cel·​lence | \ ˈek-sə-ləns How to pronounce excellence (audio) \

Kids Definition of excellence

: high quality

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