excelsior[ek sel′sē ôr′, ik-; for n., -ər]
A gift box filled with excelsior.
- The definition of excelsior is shavings of wood used as packing material.
An example of excelsior is the packing material used to protect fine paintings during shipment.
Origin of excelsiorClassical Latin comparative of excelsus, lofty, high ; from past participle of excellere, excel: excelsior ; from origin, originally use as trademark
Origin of excelsiorOriginally a trademark.
- (archaic) Loftier, yet higher; ever upward
- Stuffing material (as for furniture and mattresses) made of slender, curled wood shavings, as a substitute for hair.
From Latin excelsior, comparative of excelsus (“high”). The name of the stuffing material was originally a trademark.