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 Airlines are rarely held up as models of customer experience excellence, but in one important respect, the aviation industry actually deserves that recognition. Jon Picoult, Forbes, "The Key To Continuous Business Improvement? Think Like The NTSB.," 26 Feb. 2021 Chad is a very bright and innovative coach who demands excellence from everyone around him. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Hoover DC Chad McGehee named James Clemens’ head football coach," 25 Feb. 2021 The disaster of ’92 led to No. 1 pick Drew Bledsoe, which launched almost three decades of stability and excellence at the quarterback position in Foxborough. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots quarterback situation hasn’t been this shaky since 1992," 23 Feb. 2021 My first reaction was bemusement at the pictures’ excellence as portraiture, sensitively framed and lighted and vibrant with the personalities of the sitters. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Sorrows of Black America," 22 Feb. 2021 Reagan has set the standard for high school baseball excellence in the San Antonio area. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, "Baseball preview: Reagan seeks long run, but it won't be easy," 20 Feb. 2021 Twins fans have never seen this form of regular-season excellence before. Star Tribune, "Don't let postseason dread spoil enjoyment of Twins' summertime success," 18 Feb. 2021 So could Ohio State ever reach a level of regular excellence that resulted in winning half the national championships in a decade? Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Is an Alabama-like dynasty attainable for Ohio State football, or anyone else?," 16 Feb. 2021 Or else — and in addition — find new ways of designating excellence. New York Times, "The Oscars Are a Mess. Let’s Make Them Messier.," 27 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of excellence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Mar 2021

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“Excellence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellence. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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