excellence

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Notable progress has been made in the past decade in raising the excellence and ranking of Florida’s research universities. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 The excellence of the cooking is almost beside the point at Osteria Francescana — and 11 Madison Park, and Can Roca, and Noma. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold looks over the 2018 World's 50 Best Restaurants list and names some notable omissions," 21 June 2018 In addition, the school’s drama department director, Melody Herzfeld, who was honored with the excellence in theater education award, gave a speech that also elicited raucous applause. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Tony Awards: Parkland students’ emotional performance brings audience to its feet," 11 June 2018 Their rendition of the classic song from Broadway hit, Rent, came after their theater teacher, Melody Herzfeld, received the excellence in theater education prize. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Memphis Grandma Arrested After Forcing Grandchildren To Travel In Pet Kennels," 11 June 2018 After an introduction from Glee star Matthew Morrison, the students took the stage to honor Herzfeld's win for the excellence in theater education prize during the awards, singing the familiar refrain from the popular musical number. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Tony Awards: Marjory Stoneman Douglas students give powerful surprise performance," 10 June 2018 Despite the excellence of Hunter-Reay and the elite performance of the No. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: After so many close calls, Ryan Hunter-Reay savors that winning feeling," 3 June 2018 There’s nobody in the country like Charlotte, with that breadth, with that experience, with that joy, with that work ethic, with that knowledge, with that interest, with that diplomacy, with that exerptise, with that excellence of execution. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "After 51 years serving SF, protocol queen Charlotte Shultz undaunted by elections, cancer," 29 May 2018 There’s nobody in the country like Charlotte, with that breadth, with that experience, with that joy, with that work ethic, with that knowledge, with that interest, with that diplomacy, with that exerptise, with that excellence of execution. Carolyne Zinko, SFChronicle.com, "SF protocol queen Charlotte Shultz undaunted by elections, cancer after 55 years serving city," 24 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'excellence.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of excellence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about excellence

Share excellence

Phrases Related to excellence

center of excellence

Statistics for excellence

Last Updated

13 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for excellence

The first known use of excellence was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for excellence

excellence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of excellence

: extremely high quality

excellence

noun
ex·cel·lence | \ˈek-sə-ləns \

Kids Definition of excellence

: high quality

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on excellence

What made you want to look up excellence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!