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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The Taliban’s secretive supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, who has never been filmed in public, gave his blessing to the negotiations. Jessica Donati, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2021 But electronics remain supreme this holiday season, with many eager shoppers looking to purchase smartphones, the Nintendo Switch, Xbox and other game consoles which have been hard to locate online. Analisa Novak, CBS News, 24 Dec. 2021 The result, delicious on its own, is also a supreme sponge for sauce, and prepandemic, the jostling at the condiment counter of any Joe’s outpost for the soy, sriracha and peanut sauces could be fierce. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 To be a proper GTS, supreme handling and no-nonsense looks were the prime directive. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 14 Dec. 2021 Whitewater has a supreme passing threat of its own in senior quarterback Max Meylor, a Gagliardi Trophy finalist for Division III player of the year. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Dec. 2021 So, what made tempera reign supreme among the Renaissance giants? Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 With supreme athletic gifts and a bleach-blond mullet, Ewers was the country’s top high-school quarterback by a resounding consensus. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 As chaos unfolded around him, Young displayed a supreme calmness to make the right plays. John Talty |, al, 21 Nov. 2021

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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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12 Jan 2022

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“Supreme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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