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 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, "Luka Doncic creates another piece of history as he outbattles James Harden," 5 Jan. 2021 Raise your glass to his excellency, Bear 747, and cheers to a happy hibernation. Sunset Magazine, "Fat Bear Week 2020 Is a Wrap — Meet Your Chunky Champion," 8 Oct. 2020 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 13 May. 2021.

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