1. The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; exalted merit; superiority in virtue.
Consider first that great
Or bright infers not excellence. --Milton.
2. An excellent or valuable quality; that by which any one excels or is eminent; a virtue.
With every excellence refined. --Beattie.
3. A title of honor or respect; -- more common in the form excellency.
I do greet your excellence
With letters of commission from the king. --Shak.
Syn: -- Superiority; preëminence; perfection; worth; goodness; purity; greatness.
n 1: the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high
2: something in which something or some one excels; "the use of
herbs is one of the excellences of French cuisine"