su·preme | \ sə-ˈprēm , sü- \

Definition of supreme 

1 : highest in rank or authority the supreme commander

2 : highest in degree or quality supreme endurance in war and in labour —R. W. Emerson

3 : ultimate, final the supreme sacrifice

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Other words from supreme

supremely adverb
supremeness noun

Examples of supreme in a Sentence

The board has supreme authority over such issues. She has an air of supreme confidence about her. the supreme example of what not to do a problem of supreme importance It's a matter of supreme indifference to her.
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Tight end Jimmy Graham, a supreme red zone threat, came aboard in free agency and should truly feast in the end zone with No. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Packers training camp questions: Besides Aaron Rodgers' return, why else might Green Bay surge?," 11 July 2018 Though it is shown from the North Korean perspective, the documentary largely shows Trump in a flattering light - at one point Ri describes the president and Kim as ‘‘two supreme leaders’’ of their countries. Adam Taylor,, "Documentary shows President Trump saluting North Korean general," 16 June 2018 The whole case will, in my opinion, remain immortal in the classics of crime as the supreme example of official incompetence and obstinacy. Sarah Weinman, The New Republic, "Arthur Conan Doyle, True Detective," 14 June 2018 Perennially the top-selling vehicle in America, the F-150 reigns supreme among full-size trucks. Dan Frio, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Full-size pickups: Edmunds rounds up the latest news on five 2019 models," 6 July 2018 The study revealed that while traditional retail registries still reign supreme — 86 percent of couples set one up — there is an increase in couples using cash and charity registries. Christen A. Johnson,, "Paying for student loans, IVF with wedding money? Cash, charity registries increasingly common, study says," 22 June 2018 Thursday is the summer solstice, that enchanting day each year when sunlight reigns supreme and nighttime almost seems like an afterthought. Author: Justin Grieser, Anchorage Daily News, "Five things to know about the longest day of the year," 21 June 2018 The Revolutionary Guard was created after the Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution to protect the ruling clerical establishment and answerable to the country’s most powerful man, the supreme leader. NBC News, "Pompeo's Iran sanctions vow deserves a 'punch,' Revolutionary Guard commander says," 22 May 2018 While soccer still reigns supreme worldwide, the NBA is Instagram’s shining star domestically. Ben Golliver,, "How Instagram Conquered the NBA," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of supreme

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for supreme

Latin supremus, superlative of superus upper — more at superior

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English Language Learners Definition of supreme

: highest in rank or authority

: highest in degree or quality : greatest or highest possible


su·preme | \ su̇-ˈprēm \

Kids Definition of supreme

1 : highest in rank, power, or authority

2 : highest in degree or quality I have supreme trust in you.

3 : most extreme or great They made the supreme sacrifice.

Other words from supreme

supremely adverb

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