excellency

noun
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)

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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 So permit me to render your Excellency this little service once again. Marc Wortman, Smithsonian, "The Fake British Radio Show That Helped Defeat the Nazis," 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 31 May. 2020.

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