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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Recent Examples on the Web Students who are ranked in the top 3 percent of undergraduate students within each division for the first semester are recognized for academic excellence. cleveland, "Baked or fried, it’s fish fry time: Olmsted Dates and Data," 14 Feb. 2020 Only one name stands for excellence in 11 different sports, from the courts of the U.S. Open to the green lawns of the PGA, to the track at Belmont and the fields of the World Series – and that name is Tiffany. CBS News, "The master silversmiths behind the Super Bowl trophy," 2 Feb. 2020 The book was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in fiction. 2. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "8 books by Latin American authors to read instead of, or in addition to, ‘American Dirt’," 31 Jan. 2020 Wayfinder Beer is known for excellence in many areas, including its aesthetics. oregonlive, "Happy birthday, beer can: Flashy labels are all the rage, and here are 10 sweet NW designs," 24 Jan. 2020 Beyond the national honor, Lehrer won an Emmy, a George Foster Peabody Broadcast Award, and the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in journalism. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Longtime PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer dies at 85," 23 Jan. 2020 Within a year, its name was a metonym for excellence in the art of raw fish. Pete Wells, New York Times, "At Sushi Nakazawa, Only the Price Remains the Same," 14 Jan. 2020 Each has, in its own way, raised the bar for excellence in audio storytelling. Laura Jane Standley, The Atlantic, "The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Top high-school football, a relentless quest for excellence mottled by local circumstances, is in this sense sport at its best. The Economist, "In praise of high-school football," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of excellence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Feb 2020

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“Excellence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellence. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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