Excelsior definition

ĭk-sĕlsē-ər
Higher; always upward.
interjection
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Long, thin wood shavings used for packing breakable things or as stuffing in some furniture.
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(archaic) Loftier, yet higher; ever upward.
adjective
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Slender, curved wood shavings used especially for packing.
noun
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Stuffing material (as for furniture and mattresses) made of slender, curled wood shavings, as a substitute for hair.
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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.

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Origin of excelsior

  • Originally a trademark

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin excelsior, comparative of excelsus (“high”). The name of the stuffing material was originally a trademark.

    From Wiktionary