Pronunciation: (ek'su-luns), [key]
1. the fact or state of excelling; superiority; eminence: his excellence in mathematics.
2. an excellent quality or feature: Use of herbs is one of the excellences of French cuisine.
3. (usually cap.) excellency (def. 1).
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