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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Many reckon the junta will use the time to consolidate its own power, possibly with a view to staying in charge of the supreme council when it is meant to hand over once its 21 months is up. The Economist, "The Sudan peace deal is greeted with little excitement," 8 July 2019 The foremost, needless to say, are their supreme talent, hard work and determination., "Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal still dominate, evidence this isn’t tennis’ greatest era: 2019 Wimbledon," 8 July 2019 In these pictures, Trump is the supreme ruler of the mightiest military empire in the history of the world and his people are with him in the public square. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s “Inoffensive” War on Reality," 5 July 2019 And, yet, their relative inexperience and their supreme taste for art allowed them to do something that is literally impossible today. Dallas News, "Appreciating John Lunsford, key in spurring Dallas Museum of Art's global reach," 3 July 2019 The supreme place to find the most glorious lists ever written. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "‘This is you’: Shopping lists become art in the hands of Vashon Island woman," 2 July 2019 Over the years, the United States has remained supreme because of not just waves of talent, but a mind-set that nothing would get in its way. Steven Goff,, "England can match the U.S. in confidence. Can it measure up to the Americans’ play?," 1 July 2019 Photo: iran supreme leader office/EPA/Shutterstock Mr. Rouhani has since swung behind the Guard. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "A Unified Iranian Leadership Stands Up to the U.S.," 26 June 2019 The former private apartments of the doge—the supreme authority of the Venetian republic—now host rotating art exhibtions. Dagmar Schwell, National Geographic, "Historical journey: Discover the architectural legacy of Venice," 8 May 2019

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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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