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 Northeast Ohio enjoys a national reputation for excellence in the arts, but the needs of residents with physical and/or mental disabilities aren’t always considered, the report states. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland’s arts and culture sector needs to ramp up access for people with disabilities, report says," 8 Oct. 2020 One of the most quiet coaches one ever could meet, don’t mistake that for a lack of passion or his demand for excellence. Mike Pervel, NOLA.com, "Craig Jones: 'Our staff is a true coaching family'," 30 Sep. 2020 Following a three-year overhaul of its shops and restaurants — many of which bore a local imprimatur — MSP snagged the industry’s highest award for excellence. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "As workers wait for more federal aid, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport's long-term fate rests with Delta," 26 Sep. 2020 Despite Kamara’s excellence, the offense was not functioning at a high level in those first two games without Thomas. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Did not having Michael Thomas force the Saints to see what else they had at wide receiver?," 8 Oct. 2020 Such attention to craftsmanship, as illustrated in this video, is representative of the 183-year-old French house’s respect for the time and care that excellence often requires. Katherine Cusumano, New York Times, "Amid a Fashion Month Like No Other, Scenes of a Not-So-Distant Past," 2 Oct. 2020 Grades communicate your child’s commitment to study and pursue academic excellence. Dallas News, "Your Guide to the Private School Admissions Process," 2 Oct. 2020 Our Academy is stronger than ever as members are engaged, better informed, and committed to elevating and honoring musical excellence across all genres of Latin music. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "2020 Latin Grammy nominations: J Balvin, Nicki Minaj, Bad Bunny, more," 29 Sep. 2020 The true nature of ‘antiracism’ presents a mortal danger to the university’s commitment to genuine equality of treatment and academic excellence. Sergiu Klainerman, National Review, "Princeton Is Not Racist, but Race-Obsessed," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of excellence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Oct 2020

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“Excellence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellence. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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