in excelsis


in ex·​cel·​sis ˌin-ik-ˈsel-səs How to pronounce in excelsis (audio)
 also  -ˈchel-
: in the highest degree

Examples of in excelsis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bangs paints a portrait of speed-freak jive in excelsis: three different justifications for one course of action may be proffered in a single night, each believed in the moment it’s delivered. Ian Penman, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 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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Word History


Late Latin, on high

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of in excelsis was in the 14th century

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“In excelsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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