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.

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Adjective[edit]

excelsior ‎(not comparable)

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

Noun[edit]

excelsior ‎(uncountable)

  1. (US printing, dated) The size of type between Norse and brilliant, standardized as 3-point.
  2. 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]

excelsus ‎(elevated”, “lofty) +‎ -ior ‎(suffix forming adjectives’ comparative degrees)

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 excelsiōrum
dative excelsiōrī excelsiōribus
accusative excelsiōrem excelsius excelsiōrēs excelsiōra
ablative excelsiōre excelsiōribus
vocative excelsior excelsius excelsiōrēs excelsiōra