From ex- +‎ *cellō ‎(rise).

Has also been linked to the noun caelum ‎(heaven). The verb *cellō also in the compounds antecellō and praecellō.



excellō ‎(present infinitive excellere, perfect active excelluī); third conjugation, no passive

  1. I elevate, raise up.
  2. I rise, elevate myself.
  3. I exult, am elated.
  4. I excel, surpass.


   Conjugation of excello (third conjugation, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present excellō excellis excellit excellimus excellitis excellunt
imperfect excellēbam excellēbās excellēbat excellēbāmus excellēbātis excellēbant
future excellam excellēs excellet excellēmus excellētis excellent
perfect excelluī excelluistī excelluit excelluimus excelluistis excelluērunt, excelluēre
pluperfect excellueram excelluerās excelluerat excelluerāmus excelluerātis excelluerant
future perfect excelluerō excellueris excelluerit excelluerimus excellueritis excelluerint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present excellam excellās excellat excellāmus excellātis excellant
imperfect excellerem excellerēs excelleret excellerēmus excellerētis excellerent
perfect excelluerim excelluerīs excelluerit excelluerīmus excelluerītis excelluerint
pluperfect excelluissem excelluissēs excelluisset excelluissēmus excelluissētis excelluissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present excelle excellite
future excellitō excellitō excellitōte excelluntō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives excellere excelluisse
participles excellēns
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
excellere excellendī excellendō excellendum

Derived termsEdit



  • excello in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • excello in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • excello” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the aristocracy (as a social class): nobiles; nobilitas; qui nobilitate generis excellunt




  1. first-person singular (eu) present indicative of exceller