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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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 And this afternoon on Instagram, the social media star handled yet another effortless change with supreme ease, revealing a set of piece-y, brow-grazing bangs on Instagram. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Says Yes to a New Brow-Grazing Set of Bangs," 13 Mar. 2018 Khamenei is heard saying in the video, a clip from an April speech by the supreme leader. Nasser Karimi, The Seattle Times, "Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia," 25 Sep. 2018 China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping is using propaganda campaigns, surveillance and detention to an extent China hasn’t seen since Mao Zedong. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Repression of the Uighurs," 12 Aug. 2018 Make sure to stop in Dixie National Forest for supreme views of the area from its 9,000-foot summit. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 After all, for decades Claridge’s has held supreme client boasting rights; its devotees have included royals (current, retired, and exiled), movie stars, and other such creatures. Town & Country, "Wall of Shame: What Happens to Controversial Portrait Walls in the #MeToo Era?," 30 Nov. 2018 Very few companies have two headquarters that wield supreme power. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "What might be behind the latest twist on Amazon’s HQ2(s)," 6 Nov. 2018 Whether in audio, on screen, or in person, Sinatra was the supreme musical actor of his time. WSJ, "He Sang One for the Ages," 2 Nov. 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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