su·​perb | \ su̇-ˈpərb How to pronounce superb (audio) \

Definition of superb

: marked to the highest degree by grandeur, excellence, brilliance, or competence

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Other Words from superb

superbly adverb
superbness noun

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splendid, resplendent, gorgeous, glorious, sublime, superb mean extraordinarily or transcendently impressive. splendid implies outshining the usual or customary. the wedding was a splendid occasion resplendent suggests a glowing or blazing splendor. resplendent in her jewelry gorgeous implies a rich splendor especially in display of color. a gorgeous red dress glorious suggests radiance that heightens beauty or distinction. a glorious sunset sublime implies an exaltation or elevation almost beyond human comprehension. a vision of sublime beauty superb suggests an excellence reaching the highest conceivable degree. her singing was superb

Examples of superb in a Sentence

They've done a superb job. The performance was absolutely superb.
Recent Examples on the Web As realized with superb comic timing by Megan Graves in director Raymond O. Caldwell’s production, Logan’s reactions are hilarious. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 If Sebald the man ransacked lives unscrupulously, Sebald the artist did so with superb literary tact. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 5 Oct. 2021 The town was devastated by an earthquake in 2016, but Norcia is holding on — and while many historic buildings, including the churches, are still rubble, the town's superb restaurants and food shops continue to operate. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 30 Sep. 2021 Despite legs that are essentially powerless from the knees down, Graeber wrapped up a superb season of motocross racing this month by winning state and city championships in two divisions, including the pro class, home to the most elite riders. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Sep. 2021 Puerto Rico’s extended economic downturn and the resulting underinvestment provides superb opportunities due to the island’s talented workforce, unique tax incentives, natural resources and underserved industries. Mike Schoenfeld, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Though the characters ought to be in their 70s by now, the actresses, and a few male love interests, were mostly in their 50s, suggesting either a suspension of disbelief or some superb plastic surgeons. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 And a beautiful house to come home to—a Siamese cat, a superb lunch with Riesling. Patricia Highsmith, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 The Good Fight or something else, Paramount+ made the superb choice of having Audra McDonald, beloved ultraprofessional, as emcee. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of superb

1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superb

Latin superbus excellent, proud, from super above + -bus (akin to Old English bēon to be) — more at over, be

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11 Oct 2021

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“Superb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of superb

: extremely good : excellent or brilliant in a very noticeable way


su·​perb | \ su̇-ˈpərb How to pronounce superb (audio) \

Kids Definition of superb

: outstandingly excellent, impressive, or beautiful

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