ex·​cel·​len·​cy | \ ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)-sē How to pronounce excellency (audio) \
plural excellencies

Definition of excellency

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

claimed that granite has so many excellencies as material for countertops that it is well worth the high price the excellency of the violins crafted by Stradivarius is beyond dispute
Recent Examples on the Web Her excellency’s message in her first address with the new title? Justin Curto, Vulture, 30 Nov. 2021 Tomi Talabi, founder of The Black Beauty Club, is being recognized in the executive excellency category. Shelley E. Kohan, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 During his first two seasons in the league, the Slovenian has become accustomed to breaking records on an almost weekly basis, such is his excellency on the court. Ben Morse, CNN, 5 Jan. 2021 Raise your glass to his excellency, Bear 747, and cheers to a happy hibernation. Sunset Magazine, 8 Oct. 2020 So permit me to render your Excellency this little service once again. Marc Wortman, Smithsonian, 28 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of excellency

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Excellency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellency. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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