AskDefine | Define excelsior

Dictionary Definition

excelsior n : thin curly wood shavings used for packing or stuffing [syn: wood shavings]

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  1. Packing material made of slender, curved wood shavings.



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Extensive Definition

Excelsior, a Latin word meaning "superior", "lordly", "ever upward", can refer to any of the following:


  • Excelsior College, an associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution in Albany, New York


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  • “Excelsior” is a common hotel name, including instances in Rome, London, Naples, ...
    • The Excelsior is a hotel in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong operated by Mandarin Oriental
    • The Excelsior Hotel is a luxury four-star landmark in Manhattan's Upper West Side, New York, USA.


excelsior in Czech: Excelsior (rozcestník)
excelsior in German: Excelsior
excelsior in French: Excelsior
excelsior in Dutch: Excelsior
excelsior in Polish: Excelsior (ujednoznacznienie)
excelsior in Volapük: Excelsior
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