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 That masterpiece — pure dance, ceremonious, hierarchical, formal, classicism in excelsis — exemplified the sublimity that Robbins henceforth strove to pursue. New York Times, "Jerome Robbins, Ballet’s Mr. ‘Take It Easy, Baby,’ at 100," 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, "Greed Isn’t Good, So Why Is the ’80s Look Being Revived in Fashion?," 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 7 Jul. 2020.

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