upper

adjective
up·​per | \ ˈə-pər How to pronounce upper (audio) \

Definition of upper

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : higher in physical position, rank, or order the upper lip upper management
b : farther inland the upper Mississippi
2 : constituting the branch of a bicameral legislature that is usually smaller and more restricted in membership and possesses greater traditional prestige than the lower house
3a : constituting a stratum relatively near the earth's surface
b capitalized : being a later epoch or series of the period or system named Upper Cretaceous Upper Paleolithic
4 : northern upper Manhattan

upper

noun (1)

Definition of upper (Entry 2 of 3)

: one that is upper: such as
a : the parts of a shoe or boot above the sole
b : an upper tooth or denture
c : an upper berth
on one's uppers
: in straitened circumstances : destitute

upper

noun (2)

Definition of upper (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a stimulant drug especially : amphetamine
2 : something that induces a state of good feeling or exhilaration

Examples of upper in a Sentence

Adjective upper and lower front teeth the wing's upper and lower surfaces the ship's upper and lower decks Who will sleep on the upper berth? The upper stories are occupied by offices. the upper layer of the Earth's crust temperatures in the mid to upper 20s Write your name on the upper left-hand corner of the page. relief of upper back pain the mountain's upper and lower slopes
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First Known Use of upper

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1789, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for upper

Adjective

Middle English, comparative of up entry 2

Noun (2)

up + -er entry 2

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The first known use of upper was in the 14th century

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“Upper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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upper

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of upper

: located above another or others of the same kind
: located at or near the top
: located toward the north

upper

adjective
up·​per | \ ˈə-pər How to pronounce upper (audio) \

Kids Definition of upper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : higher in position or rank the building's upper stories the upper classes
2 : farther inland the region of the upper Mississippi River

upper

noun

Kids Definition of upper (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (as the parts of a shoe above the sole) that is upper

upper

noun
up·​per | \ ˈəp-ər How to pronounce upper (audio) \

Medical Definition of upper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an upper tooth or denture

upper

noun

Medical Definition of upper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a stimulant drug especially : amphetamine

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