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From ex- +‎ *cellō (to rise), one lost verb whose participle is celsus, from Proto-Indo-European *kelH- (to rise) (whence collis, columen etc.).



excellō (present infinitive excellere, perfect active excelluī, supine excelsum); third conjugation

  1. I elevate, raise up.
  2. I rise, elevate myself.
  3. I exult, am elated.
  4. I excel, surpass.


   Conjugation of excellō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present excellō excellis excellit excellimus excellitis excellunt
imperfect excellēbam excellēbās excellēbat excellēbāmus excellēbātis excellēbant
future excellam excellēs excellet excellēmus excellētis excellent
perfect excelluī excelluistī excelluit excelluimus excelluistis excelluērunt, excelluēre
pluperfect excellueram excelluerās excelluerat excelluerāmus excelluerātis excelluerant
future perfect excelluerō excellueris excelluerit excelluerimus excellueritis excelluerint
passive present excellor excelleris, excellere excellitur excellimur excelliminī excelluntur
imperfect excellēbar excellēbāris, excellēbāre excellēbātur excellēbāmur excellēbāminī excellēbantur
future excellar excellēris, excellēre excellētur excellēmur excellēminī excellentur
perfect excelsus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect excelsus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect excelsus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present excellam excellās excellat excellāmus excellātis excellant
imperfect excellerem excellerēs excelleret excellerēmus excellerētis excellerent
perfect excelluerim excelluerīs excelluerit excelluerīmus excelluerītis excelluerint
pluperfect excelluissem excelluissēs excelluisset excelluissēmus excelluissētis excelluissent
passive present excellar excellāris, excellāre excellātur excellāmur excellāminī excellantur
imperfect excellerer excellerēris, excellerēre excellerētur excellerēmur excellerēminī excellerentur
perfect excelsus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect excelsus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present excelle excellite
future excellitō excellitō excellitōte excelluntō
passive present excellere excelliminī
future excellitor excellitor excelluntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives excellere excelluisse excelsūrum esse excellī excelsum esse excelsum īrī
participles excellēns excelsūrus excelsus excellendus, excellundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
excellendī excellendō excellendum excellendō excelsum excelsū

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  • Catalan: excel·lir
  • English: excel
  • French: exceller
  • Italian: eccellere
  • Occitan: excellir
  • Portuguese: exceler


  • excello in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • excello in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • excello in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the aristocracy (as a social class): nobiles; nobilitas; qui nobilitate generis excellunt




  1. first-person singular (eu) present indicative of exceller