adjective su·pe·ri·or \s-ˈpir-ē-ər\

: of high quality : high or higher in quality

: great or greater in amount, number, or degree

: better than other people

Full Definition of SUPERIOR

:  situated higher up :  upper
:  of higher rank, quality, or importance
:  courageously or serenely indifferent (as to something painful or disheartening)
a :  greater in quantity or numbers <escaped by superior speed>
b :  excellent of its kind :  better <her superior memory>
:  being a superscript
a of an animal structure :  situated above or anterior or dorsal to another and especially a corresponding part <a superior artery>
b of a plant structure :  situated above or near the top of another part: as
(1) of a calyx :  attached to and apparently arising from the ovary (2) of an ovary :  free from the calyx or other floral envelope
:  more comprehensive <a genus is superior to a species>
:  affecting or assuming an air of superiority :  supercilious
su·pe·ri·or·ly adverb

Examples of SUPERIOR

  1. This new model offers superior performance.
  2. The small army was overwhelmed by superior numbers.
  3. He only helps us because it makes him feel superior.
  4. Report to your superior officer.
  5. The verdict was reversed by a superior court.

Origin of SUPERIOR

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin, comparative of superus upper, from super over, above — more at over
First Known Use: 14th century

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: a person of higher rank or status than another

Full Definition of SUPERIOR

:  one who is above another in rank, station, or office; especially :  the head of a religious house or order
:  one that surpasses another in quality or merit

Examples of SUPERIOR

  1. His superior gave him an excellent evaluation.
  2. You should report any problems to your immediate superior.

First Known Use of SUPERIOR

15th century

Related to SUPERIOR


geographical name Su·pe·ri·or \s-ˈpir-ē-ər\

Definition of SUPERIOR

city & port NW Wisconsin on Lake Superior pop 27,244


adjective su·pe·ri·or \s-ˈpir-ē-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SUPERIOR

:  situated toward the head and further away from the feet than another and especially another similar part of an upright body especially of a human being <the superior medial edge of the patient's right scapula—J. M. Lewis>—compare inferior 1
:  situated in a more anterior or dorsal position in the body of a quadruped—compare inferior 2


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