Definition of excelsior in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛkˈsɛlsɪɔː/


1Used in the names of hotels and products to indicate superior quality: they stayed at the Excelsior
More example sentences
  • The news of the fabulous wealth of the Klondike creeks had broken only in mid-July, when the steamers Excelsior and Portland reached San Francisco and Seattle, respectively, with the first miners who had ‘struck it rich.’
  • Meanwhile, you're theoretically defending the Excelsior, which rarely defends itself for some reason, and its shields are made of laughter and kisses.
  • The group has bought the Excelsior, takes over the Grumpy Mole in December, owns the Loaded Hog, Shooters and is setting up a club in the old Money Club Building next door.
2 [mass noun] North American Softwood shavings used for packing fragile goods or stuffing furniture.
Example sentences
  • The roots are rolled tightly, like a cigarette, in excelsior and plastic to keep the roots moist until planting time.
  • Then I demonstrate with some materials in front of the class, capturing their attention by telling them, ‘There's a little puppy in this excelsior.’
  • For instance, my dream is to wrap myself as a birthday present, pack myself in excelsior and ship myself to Greenland - collect!


Late 18th century (as an exclamation): from Latin, comparative of excelsus, from ex- 'out, beyond' + celsus 'lofty'.

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