in excelsis

in ex·​cel·​sis | \ ˌin-ik-ˈsel-səs How to pronounce in excelsis (audio) also -ˈchel- \

Definition of in excelsis

: in the highest degree

Examples of in excelsis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But jazz singers had the monopoly on these moods, and 1961 represented one of the final years of the female jazz singer in excelsis. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 That masterpiece — pure dance, ceremonious, hierarchical, formal, classicism in excelsis — exemplified the sublimity that Robbins henceforth strove to pursue. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2018 Eighties nostalgia was in excelsis at the recent couture shows, where homages were paid to the design bigwigs of the era, including Yves Saint Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro, Claude Montana, and Thierry Mugler, as well as Dynasty’s go-to, Nolan Miller. Vogue, 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of in excelsis

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for in excelsis

Late Latin, on high

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“In excelsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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