ex·​cel·​lence | \ ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)s How to pronounce excellence (audio) \

Definition of excellence

1 : the quality of being excellent
2 : an excellent or valuable quality : virtue

Examples of excellence in a Sentence

The school is known for the excellence of its teachers. an award for academic excellence setting a high standard of excellence
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Recent Examples on the Web Sales readiness is a continuous state of excellence that grows revenue using a set of tools and processes to increase knowledge, enhance performance and adapt to change. Christopher Lynch, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Haynes’ additions have brought a classic wine to the next level of excellence, showing just how much women can bring to the winemaking space. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, 1 Nov. 2021 Carroll County is committed to a combination delivery system where both career and volunteer components will work symbiotically to provide a standard of excellence in all aspects of our department. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 1 Nov. 2021 Fiercely styled and firm in their convictions in pursuit of excellence, the royal roundtable will hold court over the hybrid pageant, which pits drag queens from 10 countries around the world against each other in a duel for vocal supremacy. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 28 Oct. 2021 In baseball, the sport with the longest regular season, the reward for six months of excellence is a lottery ticket. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 Marks, who will oversee Walmart’s clinical data and analytics team, was formerly VP of people analytics and the reporting center of excellence at UnitedHealthGroup. Stat Staff, STAT, 10 Oct. 2021 These bursts of excellence take two forms, the first having to do with his characters. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 The Bib Gourmand is one level below the coveted Michelin Star designation, which recognizes finer dining restaurants that achieve the highest standards of excellence. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of excellence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Nov 2021

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“Excellence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excellence. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of excellence

: extremely high quality


ex·​cel·​lence | \ ˈek-sə-ləns How to pronounce excellence (audio) \

Kids Definition of excellence

: high quality

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