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superior

adjective su·pe·ri·or \ su̇-ˈpir-ē-ər \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018
1 : situated higher up : upper
2 : of higher rank, quality, or importance
3 : courageously or serenely indifferent (as to something painful or disheartening)
4 a : greater in quantity or numbers
  • escaped by superior speed
b : excellent of its kind : better
  • her superior memory
5 : being a superscript
6 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: such 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
7 : more comprehensive
  • a genus is superior to a species
8 : affecting or assuming an air of superiority : supercilious

superiorly

adverb

Examples of superior in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of superior

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin, comparative of superus upper, from super over, above — more at over

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superior

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

Examples of superior in a Sentence

  1. His superior gave him an excellent evaluation.

  2. You should report any problems to your immediate superior.

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First Known Use of superior

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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superior Synonyms

Synonyms

better, elder, senior;

Near Antonyms

assistant, deputy;

Related Words

boss, chief, head, leader, master;


Superior

geographical name Su·pe·ri·or \ su̇-ˈpir-ē-ər \
city and port on Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin population 27,244


SUPERIOR Defined for English Language Learners

superior

  • : of high quality : high or higher in quality

  • : great or greater in amount, number, or degree

  • : better than other people


superior

  • : a person of higher rank or status than another


SUPERIOR Defined for Kids

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superior

adjective su·pe·ri·or \ su̇-ˈpir-ē-ər \
1 : situated higher up : higher in rank, importance, numbers, or quality
2 : excellent of its kind : better
  • a superior athlete
3 : showing the feeling of being better or more important than others : arrogant
  • a superior smirk

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superior

noun
1 : a person who is higher than another in rank, importance, or quality
2 : the head of a religious house or order

Medical Dictionary

superior

adjective su·pe·ri·or \ su̇-ˈpir-ē-ər \
1 : 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
2 : situated in a more anterior or dorsal position in the body of a quadruped — compare inferior 2

Law Dictionary

superior

adjective su·pe·ri·or
: of higher status, rank, or priority


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