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excellence (n.)

mid-14c., "superiority, greatness, distinction" in anything, from Old French excellence, from Latin excellentia "superiority, excellence," from excellentem (nominative excellens) "towering, distinguished, superior," present participle of excellere "surpass, be superior; to rise, be eminent," from ex "out from" (see ex-) + -cellere "rise high, tower," related to celsus "high, lofty, great," from PIE root *kel- (2) "to be prominent; hill." From late 14c. as "mark or trait of superiority, that in which something or someone excels."

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Definitions of excellence

excellence (n.)
the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree;
excellence (n.)
an outstanding feature; something in which something or someone excels;
a center of manufacturing excellence
Synonyms: excellency
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