ex·​cel·​len·​cy ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)-sē How to pronounce excellency (audio)
plural excellencies
: excellence
especially : outstanding or valuable quality
usually used in plural
so crammed, as he thinks, with excellencies William Shakespeare
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
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of excellency was in the 15th century

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“Excellency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellency. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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ex·​cel·​len·​cy ˈek-s(ə-)lən-sē How to pronounce excellency (audio)
plural excellencies
used as a title for some high government and church officials
your Excellency

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