superior court


Definition of superior court

1 : a court of general jurisdiction intermediate between the inferior courts (such as a justice of the peace court) and the higher appellate courts
2 : a court with juries having original jurisdiction

Examples of superior court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

As a prosecutor, a superior court judge as well as elected district attorney. Fox News, "Carter Page reacts to calls to declassify FISA documents," 15 Sep. 2018 But questions about the case arose almost immediately in Los Angeles, resulting in hearings and reinvestigations as early as 1971 by the district attorney, the police chief, the county board of supervisors and the county superior court. The Washington Post,, "Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn't believe it was Sirhan Sirhan," 27 May 2018 All voters will be able to vote in a runoff between Kevin M. Farmer and Fani Willis to fill superior court judge’s seat. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Where to vote early in Fulton County ahead of July 24 runoff election," 4 July 2018 After the actress first sued FX last summer, a state superior court judge turned down FX’s request to have the suit thrown out. Maria Pasquini,, "Gone With the Wind's Only Surviving Star Olivia de Havilland Turns 102," 2 July 2018 In a court filing Wednesday, lawyers for the plaintiffs and Michigan State agreed to appoint a former California superior court judge to administer payments from the settlement fund. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Michigan State to Fund $500 Million Sex-Abuse Settlement Through Bond Offering," 22 June 2018 The lawsuit asks a superior court judge to force the city to put the measure on the July 17 agenda. Hugo Martin,, "Workers at Trump golf course and Terranea resort file lawsuit over 'panic button' ballot measure," 20 June 2018 Mario Tama/Getty Images A superior court judge in San Juan ordered the government of Puerto Rico on Tuesday to release detailed data on every single death recorded on the island since Hurricane Maria made landfall in late September. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "A judge just ordered Puerto Rico to release all death certificates issued after Hurricane Maria," 5 June 2018 Frances was always proud to have worked for two partners who went on to become a superior court judge and the other, a state attorney., "Frances Marie Bartolotta," 28 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'superior court.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of superior court

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about superior court

Statistics for superior court

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for superior court

The first known use of superior court was in 1584

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for superior court

superior court

noun, often capitalized S&C

Legal Definition of superior court

1 : a court of general jurisdiction intermediate between the inferior courts and the higher appellate courts
2 : a court having original jurisdiction and conducting jury trials

Comments on superior court

What made you want to look up superior court? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!