Meaning of EXCESS in English

noun , adjective

■ noun / ɪkˈses; NAmE /


[ sing. , U ] excess (of sth) more than is necessary, reasonable or acceptable :

Are you suffering from an excess of stress in your life?

In an excess of enthusiasm I agreed to work late.

You can throw away any excess.

He started drinking to excess after losing his job.

The increase will not be in excess of (= more than) two per cent.


[ C , U ] an amount by which sth is larger than sth else :

We cover costs up to £600 and then you pay the excess.


[ C , usually sing. ] ( BrE ) ( NAmE de·duct·ible ) the part of an insurance claim that a person has to pay while the insurance company pays the rest :

There is an excess of £100 on each claim under this policy.


excesses [ pl. ] extreme behaviour that is unacceptable, illegal or immoral :

We need a free press to curb government excesses.

■ adjective

/ ˈekses/ [ only before noun ] in addition to an amount that is necessary, usual or legal :

Excess food is stored as fat.

Driving with excess alcohol in the blood is a serious offence.



late Middle English : via Old French from Latin excessus , from excedere go out, surpass, from ex- out + cedere go.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.