excelsior

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English[edit]

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Particularly: "packaging material"

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, more elevated; ever upward.
  2. More surpassing, more excelling.

Interjection[edit]

excelsior

  1. A greeting, farewell or acclamation, especially associated with comic book fandom and famous comic book writer Stan Lee.

Noun[edit]

excelsior (uncountable)

  1. (US printing, dated) The size of type between Norse and brilliant, standardized as 3-point.
    Synonym: (UK) minikin
  2. (Canada, US) Stuffing material (as for furniture and mattresses) made of slender, curled woodshavings, as a substitute for hair.
    Synonym: wood wool
    • 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.
    • 2015 March 31, Margalit Fox, “Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock, Dies at 78”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Each Pet Rock came in a cardboard carrying case, complete with air holes, tenderly nestled on a bed of excelsior.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

excelsior (neuter excelsius, positive excelsus); third declension

  1. higher, loftier, more elevated
  2. more surpassing, (yet) more excelling

Declension[edit]

Third-declension comparative adjective.

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