su·​perb | \ su̇-ˈpərb How to pronounce superb (audio) \

Definition of superb

: marked to the highest degree by grandeur, excellence, brilliance, or competence

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Other Words from superb

superbly adverb
superbness noun

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splendid, resplendent, gorgeous, glorious, sublime, superb mean extraordinarily or transcendently impressive. splendid implies outshining the usual or customary. the wedding was a splendid occasion resplendent suggests a glowing or blazing splendor. resplendent in her jewelry gorgeous implies a rich splendor especially in display of color. a gorgeous red dress glorious suggests radiance that heightens beauty or distinction. a glorious sunset sublime implies an exaltation or elevation almost beyond human comprehension. a vision of sublime beauty superb suggests an excellence reaching the highest conceivable degree. her singing was superb

Examples of superb in a Sentence

They've done a superb job. The performance was absolutely superb.
Recent Examples on the Web On the hike in, this is a superb daypack with 2,746 cubic inches of space and all the right pockets and clasps. Field & Stream, "Field Test: The Best New Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Year," 15 May 2020 This superb novel begins as a generational comedy — a pack of kids and their middle-aged parents coexist in a summer share — and turns steadily darker, as climate collapse and societal breakdown encroach. New York Times, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 14 May 2020 Mayweather, using his superb defensive skills and superior speed, wins a 12-round split decision and the World Boxing Council’s 154-pound title in his first fight at that weight. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Angels’ Bo Belinsky pitches first major league no-hitter in L.A.," 5 May 2020 Pride brings superb speed, having run a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NFL Draft 2020: Notre Dame DB Troy Pride Jr. picked by Carolina Panthers in 4th round," 25 Apr. 2020 Thanks to the superb team of doctors, specialists, nurses and care staff. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Bauhaus' Peter Murphy Updates Fans Following Heart Attack: 'I Am Up and Running Again'," 24 Aug. 2019 Thanks to the superb team of doctors, specialists, nurses and care staff. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Peter Murphy expected to make ‘full recovery’ after heart attack," 23 Aug. 2019 Cleveland was considered a good value pick in the second round, and keep your eye on Dye, since Mike Zimmer knows how to mold linebackers into superb weapons in the double-A gap blitz. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "The Detroit Lions got better in the draft. Here's how their NFC North rivals fared," 30 Apr. 2020 The species derives its name from females’ large, leathery forewings veins, which closely resemble the veins of leaves, affording them superb camouflage abilities. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s Most Interesting Insects," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of superb

1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superb

Latin superbus excellent, proud, from super above + -bus (akin to Old English bēon to be) — more at over, be

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The first known use of superb was in 1549

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21 May 2020

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“Superb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of superb

: extremely good : excellent or brilliant in a very noticeable way


su·​perb | \ su̇-ˈpərb How to pronounce superb (audio) \

Kids Definition of superb

: outstandingly excellent, impressive, or beautiful

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