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excellency

[ek-suh-luh n-see] /ˈɛk sə lən si/
noun, plural excellencies.
1.
(usually initial capital letter). Also, Excellence. a title of honor given to certain high officials, as governors, ambassadors, and Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops (preceded by his, your, etc.).
2.
(usually initial capital letter) a person so entitled.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) the title of the governor general of Canada while in office.
4.
Usually, excellencies. excellent qualities or features.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English excellencie < Latin excellentia. See excellent, -ency
Related forms
superexcellency, noun, plural superexcellencies.
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British Dictionary definitions for excellency

Excellency

/ˈɛksələnsɪ/
noun (pl) -lencies, -lences
1.
usually preceded by Your, His, or Her. a title used to address or refer to a high-ranking official, such as an ambassador or governor
2.
(RC Church) a title of bishops and archbishops in many non-English-speaking countries
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Word Origin and History for excellency
n.

"high rank," c.1200, from Latin excellentia (see excellence); as a title of honor it dates from early 14c.

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