excelsior[ek sel′sē ôr′, ik-; for n., -ər]
- 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.
A gift box filled with excelsior.
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.