su·​pre·​mo | \ sə-ˈprē-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce supremo (audio) , sü- \
plural supremos

Definition of supremo

chiefly British
: one who is highest in rank or authority

Examples of supremo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Schwartzman, who was playing his first Masters 1000 final having beaten clay court supremo Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, broke Djokovic at the start of the second set, only for the world No. 1 to immediately break back. George Ramsay, CNN, "Novak Djokovic defeats Diego Schwartzman to win fifth Italian Open title," 21 Sep. 2020 Between then and now, a blink of an eye, that same corporal became a generalissimo, a writer, and an editor supremo. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "Roger Angell Turns One Hundred," 17 Sep. 2020 The cost of President Trump killing Iranian military supremo Qasem Soleimani is growing. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The inexperience paradox in presidential campaigns," 11 Feb. 2020 These days, Nottinghamshire’s law-and-order supremo is up for election every four years. The Economist, "Watchdogs without bite Why Britain’s police commissioners are not living up to their promise," 12 Mar. 2020 But the world is very different today, in the wake of Instagram and influencers, Rihanna’s incursion at LVMH, the rise of streetwear and Mr. West’s own position as a sort of combination Delphic oracle/court jester/cultural harbinger/sneaker supremo. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Kanye West Returns to Paris Fashion Week," 3 Mar. 2020 The daughter of Formula One's former commercial supremo lives on Kensington Palace Gardens, among the residences of the French and Russian ambassadors and close to the Kensington Palace home of Prince William and his wife Kate. NBC News, "British model Tamara Ecclestone has $64 million in jewelry stolen," 16 Dec. 2019 Since buying the commercial rights for F1 from longtime British supremo Bernie Ecclestone in 2017, the American mass media company has made fan engagement a priority. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "Singapore Grand Prix: Humidity meets hedonism during Asia's most punishing race," 20 Sep. 2019 Then Mr Sánchez threw himself into the horse-trading over EU jobs, securing the post of foreign-relations supremo for Josep Borrell, his foreign minister. The Economist, "Spain stumbles towards a government," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of supremo

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for supremo

Spanish & Italian, from supremo, adjective, supreme, from Latin supremus

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“Supremo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of supremo

British, informal : a person who has the most authority or power in a particular activity

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