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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The trend toward excellence for younger drivers remains in development. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Is NASCAR's young crop of drivers feeling pressure to perform, replace departed stars?," 6 July 2018 The World Cup is the pinnacle of excellence in football, the showcase of the finest players from around the totality of the globe and here was someone who apparently didn't even know the rules of the game. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 11 Weeks to Go - Broken Promises, a Dictator & the Tragedy of Zaire 1974," 7 Apr. 2018 The team that consistently demonstrates excellence in industrial safety performance in competition wins this award. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway High robotics team qualifies for world championship," 23 Mar. 2018 The nominations, announced on Tuesday, recognize excellence in professional theater in London. Mary Kate Carr, EW.com, "Hamilton becomes most-nominated production in Olivier Awards history," 6 Mar. 2018 The play scored a 2002 Barclays Theatre Award, given for excellence in regional theater in the United Kingdom, for Best Show for Children and Young People. OregonLive.com, "'Lifeboat' tells teens' terrifying World War II survivors' tale," 15 Jan. 2018 One is the above philosophical issue of draining the mood from a photo for the sake of technical excellence. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google’s Night Sight is subtly awesome in the daytime, too," 26 Nov. 2018 Target history The creativity and sheer excellence of Hitman 2 comes out of what is, all told, a fairly storied recent history. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style," 16 Nov. 2018 Alumni and fans will see this hire as a strong step toward achieving excellence. Jesse Newell And Gary Bedore, kansascity, "KU hires Jeff Long as new football-savvy, fundraising-friendly athletic director," 5 July 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 How to pronounce excellence (audio) \

Kids Definition of excellence

: high quality

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