su·​preme | \ sə-ˈprēm How to pronounce supreme (audio) , 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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The German Transocean agency asserted the Allies appeared to be making a supreme effort to occupy all of Normandy and capture Cherbourg with its valuable Harbor. Houston Chronicle, "FIRST INVASION GOAL REACHED," 9 June 2019 And even 75 years later, thanks in part to none other than Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, then supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, some confusion continues to surround one of the few things about it that seems simple: the name. Kat Moon, Time, "What Does the ‘D’ in ‘D-Day’ Stand For? Experts Disagree With Eisenhower’s Answer," 4 June 2019 The 69-year-old Rouhani, himself a Shiite cleric, could potentially be considered when Iran picks its third-ever supreme leader. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran's politicians under pressure, 40 years after revolution," 24 Sep. 2018 In recent days, the president has called for removing all U.S. troops from Syria, and touted the supreme importance of maintaining good relations with Russia. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Using American Foreign Policy As His Stress Ball," 12 Apr. 2018 Gauges of investor sentiment showed supreme confidence that everything was going great; one, the long-running Investors Intelligence survey of the attitude of investment newsletter writers, hit its highest since 1986. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Markets Corrected Investor Mistakes This Year, And it Hurts," 20 Dec. 2018 Every year, the anniversary festivities start on Feb. 1 — the day Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from France after 14 years in exile to become the supreme leader as Shiite clerics took power. Nasser Karimi, The Seattle Times, "Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution," 11 Feb. 2019 The two friends prove that regardless of physical distance, supreme hair inspiration is always just a text message away. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Serena Williams and Meghan Markle Have a BFF Beauty Moment, Even Across the Pond," 31 Jan. 2019 Portugal's federation is less chaotic, and Ronaldo figures to continue to be in supreme physical condition for several more years. Grant Wahl,, "France, Uruguay Deservedly Oust Messi's Argentina, Ronaldo's Portugal From World Cup," 30 June 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 How to pronounce supreme (audio) \

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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