su·​perb su̇-ˈpərb How to pronounce superb (audio)
: marked to the highest degree by grandeur, excellence, brilliance, or competence
superbly adverb
superbness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for superb

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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superb was in 1549

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“Superb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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su·​perb su̇-ˈpərb How to pronounce superb (audio)
: outstandingly excellent, impressive, or beautiful
superb quality
was a superb pianist
superbly adverb
superbness noun

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