su·​per·​script | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌskript How to pronounce superscript (audio) \

Definition of superscript

: a distinguishing symbol (such as a numeral or letter) written immediately above or above and to the right or left of another character

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superscript adjective

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But then there are also superscripts, and built-up fractions—like math. Stephen Wolfram, WIRED, "2001: A Space Odyssey Predicted The Future—50 Years Ago," 3 Apr. 2018 Next, dash in some extra textual mumbo jumbo, preferably something with one of those old-timey superscript letters. Kyle Vanhemert, WIRED, "How to Make the Perfect Hipster Logo in 6 Easy Steps," 31 July 2013

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First Known Use of superscript

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superscript

Latin superscriptus, past participle of superscribere

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The first known use of superscript was in 1901

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English Language Learners Definition of superscript

: a symbol (such as a number or letter) written above and immediately to the left or right of another character

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to take the place or position of

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