excellency

noun ex·cel·len·cy \ ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)-sē \

Definition of excellency

plural excellencies
1 : excellence; especially : outstanding or valuable quality usually used in plural
  • so crammed, as he thinks, with excellencies
  • —William Shakespeare
2 used as a title for high dignitaries of state (such as a governor or an ambassador) or church (such as a Roman Catholic archbishop or bishop)

Examples of excellency in a Sentence

  1. claimed that granite has so many excellencies as material for countertops that it is well worth the high price

  2. the excellency of the violins crafted by Stradivarius is beyond dispute

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First Known Use of excellency

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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