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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Recent Examples on the Web These binoculars stand out for their supreme image quality. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Hundreds of Thousands of Birds Are Suddenly Dropping Dead. No One Knows Why.," 17 Sep. 2020 Following the news of her passing, fellow stars from the RuPaul's Drag Race franchise took to social media to mourn DeVayne and celebrate her life, toasting the late star's kind demeanor and supreme talent. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "'Drag Race' Stars Mourn the Loss of Chi Chi DeVayne: 'Rest Well, Sister'," 20 Aug. 2020 And in a scathing speech Tuesday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, condemned Kushner’s most recent trip. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "Kushner pushes other Arab nations to follow UAE footsteps," 2 Sep. 2020 Nine state supreme courts heard challenges to these laws, and in grappling with whether remote voting was constitutional or not, four states struck them down. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "How mail-in voting began on Civil War battlefields," 14 Aug. 2020 Other state supreme courts have struck down similar unconstitutional laws, and more challenges are coming. Christina Martin, National Review, "Watch Out for Home-Equity Theft on the Horizon," 13 Aug. 2020 Their request noted the collapse in demand for oil and gas leases in the face of the pandemic, arguing that the sale would generate very little revenue while putting at risk the area’s supreme scenic values. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Feds yank oil and gas leases near Arches, Canyonlands parks from upcoming sale," 12 Aug. 2020 Throughout, Etty’s beloved Rilke served as a role model — a supreme advocate for looking suffering in the eyes and transmuting it into human potential. Elizabeth Svoboda, Longreads, "In Search of Etty Hillesum," 30 Apr. 2020 Both were German and both became supreme organists. Paul Jacobs, WSJ, "The Staying Inside Guide: Pulling Out All the Stops," 6 July 2020

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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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The first known use of supreme was in 1513

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20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supreme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce supreme (audio)

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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