Definition of excellence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈeksələns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksələns//
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the quality of being extremely good a reputation for academic excellence excellence in something The hospital is recognized as a centre of excellence in research and teaching. see also par excellence Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin excellentia, from the verb excellere ‘surpass’, from ex- ‘out, beyond’ + celsus ‘lofty’.Extra examples The Business School has a reputation for excellence in research. The college aims to be a world centre of excellence in the field of marine biology. The mission of the festival is to promote excellence in children’s films. The restaurant’s standards of excellence have won it several awards. The school strives for academic excellence. This award recognizes excellence in urban design. This book shows the degree of artistic excellence the community has now achieved. We demand excellence here at Trinity Hill School. her relentless pursuit of professional excellence our pursuit of continued excellence The department has received an award for excellence in research. We want this hospital to be a centre of excellence.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: excellence