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adjective su·preme \sə-ˈprēm, sü-\

Simple Definition of supreme

  • : highest in rank or authority

  • : highest in degree or quality : greatest or highest possible

Full Definition of supreme

  1. 1 :  highest in rank or authority <the supreme commander>

  2. 2 :  highest in degree or quality <supreme endurance in war and in labour — R. W. Emerson>

  3. 3 :  ultimate, final <the supreme sacrifice>

su·preme·ly adverb
su·preme·ness noun

Examples of supreme

  1. The board has supreme authority over such issues.

  2. She has an air of supreme confidence about her.

  3. the supreme example of what not to do

  4. a problem of supreme importance

  5. It's a matter of supreme indifference to her.



Origin of supreme

Latin supremus, superl. of superus upper — more at superior


First Known Use: 1513




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