excelsior

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin excelsior, comparative of excelsus (high). The name of the stuffing material was originally a trademark.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

excelsior (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Loftier, yet higher; ever upward

Noun[edit]

excelsior (uncountable)

  1. Stuffing material (as for furniture and mattresses) made of slender, curled wood shavings, as a substitute for hair.
    • 1942, Elliot Paul, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Sickle Moon 2001, p. 91:
      These little mangers, with baby dolls representing Jesus, porcelean Josephs and Marys, wide-eyed cows of papier-mâché, and excelsior for straw, were purchased by pious parents for well-behaved children at Christmas-tide.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From excelsus (elevated, lofty).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

excelsior (comparative of excelsus)

  1. higher, loftier, more elevated

Inflection[edit]

Third declension, comparative variant.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative excelsior excelsius excelsiōrēs excelsiōra
genitive excelsiōris excelsiōris excelsiōrum excelsiōrum
dative excelsiōrī excelsiōrī excelsiōribus excelsiōribus
accusative excelsiōrem excelsius excelsiōrēs excelsiōra
ablative excelsiōre excelsiōre excelsiōribus excelsiōribus
vocative excelsior excelsius excelsiōrēs excelsiōra