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This page has 37 definitions of superior with English translations in 6 languages. Superior is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use superior in a sentence are shown. Also define these 101 related words and terms: high, rank, status, quality, standard, great, size, power, influence, firm, subdue, affect, good, average, extraordinary, courageously, serenely, indifferent, painful, disheartening, typography, superscript, above, out, botany, calyx, ovary, flower, adhere, upper, floral, organ, axillary, stem, posterior, radicle, apex, fruit, ascending, taxonomy, comprehensive, assume, superiority, supercilious, astronomy, planet, close, Earth, Sun, colleague, position, overling, senior, monastic, community, head, religious, institution, college, father superior, mother superior, printing, letter, figure, symbol, law, tenant, vassal, feu, duty, superior, higher, inferior, place, time, succession, former, past, previous, preceding, age, old, elder, advanced, strength, success, battle, contest, victorious, conquering, strong, condition, number, distinguished, better, boss, monastery, jefe, jefa, patrón, and patrona.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /suːˈpɪə.ɹi.ə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /sʊˈpɪɹ.i.ɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɪəɹiə(ɹ)
superior (not comparable)
- Higher in rank, status, or quality.
- Rebecca had always thought shorts were far superior to pants, as they didn't constantly make her legs itch.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.
- Of high standard or quality.
- Greater in size or power.
- (superior to) Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by.
- (Can we date this quote?) Spectator:
- There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy than a great man superior to his sufferings.
- Greater or better than average.
- Synonym: extraordinary
Rank definitionThe symbol for rank.
Power definitionAbility to do or undergo something. (1 of 19 power definitions)
- Courageously or serenely indifferent (as to something painful or disheartening).
Serenely definitionIn a serene manner.
- (typography) Printed in superscript.
- a superior figure or letter
- Located above or out; higher in position.
- the superior jaw; the superior part of an image
- (botany) (of a calyx) Above the ovary; said of parts of the flower which, although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and so appear to originate from its upper part.
- (botany) (of an ovary) Above and free from the other floral organs.
- (botany) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem.
- Synonym: posterior
- (botany) (of the radicle) Pointing toward the apex of the fruit.
- Synonym: ascending
Stem definitionThe stock of a family; a race or generation of progenitors. (1 of 17 stem definitions)
Fruit definitionIn general, a product of plant growth useful to man or animals. (1 of 9 fruit definitions)
- (taxonomy) More comprehensive.
- A genus is superior to a species.
- Affecting or assuming an air of superiority.
- Synonym: supercilious
- (astronomy) (of a planet) Closer to the Earth than to the Sun.
- (dentistry location adjectives) anterior, apical, apicocoronal, axial, buccal, buccoapical, buccocervical, buccogingival, buccolabial, buccolingual, bucco-occlusal, buccopalatal, cervical, coronal, coronoapical, distal, distoapical, distobuccal, distocervical, distocoronal, distofacial, distogingival, distoincisal, distolingual, disto-occlusal, distoclusal, distocclusal, distopalatal, facial, gingival, incisal, incisocervical, inferior, labial, lingual, linguobuccal, linguo-occlusal, mandibular, maxillary, mesial, mesioapical, mesiobuccal, mesiocervical, mesiocoronal, mesiodistal, mesiofacial, mesioincisal, mesiogingival, mesiolingual, mesio-occlusal, mesioclusal, mesiocclusal, mesiopalatal, occlusal, palatal, posterior, proximal, superior, vestibular (Category: en:Dentistry) 
- anterior superior iliac spine
- father superior
- Lake Superior
- limit superior
- mother superior, Mother Superior
- superior alveolar nerve
- superior auricular muscle
- superior cervical ganglion
- superior colliculus
- superior court
- superior good
- superior highly composite number
- superior laryngeal nerve
- superior letter
- superior oblique muscle
- superior olivary complex
- superior pharyngeal constrictor
- superior planet
- superior rectus
- superior tarsal muscle
- superior vena cava
superior (plural superiors)
- A person of higher rank or quality, especially a colleague in a higher position.
- Synonym: overling
- The senior person in a monastic community.
- The head of certain religious institutions and colleges.
- (printing) A superior letter, figure, or symbol.
- Synonym: superscript
- (Scotland, law, historical) One who has made an original grant of heritable property to a tenant or vassal, on condition of a certain annual payment (feu duty) or of the performance of certain services.
- “superior”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- “superior”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary, (Please provide a date or year).
- superior in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- superior at OneLook Dictionary Search
superior (masculine and feminine plural superiors)
superior m or f (plural superiors)
- “superior” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “superior” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
- “superior” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /suˈpe.ri.or/, [s̠ʊˈpɛɾiɔr]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /suˈpe.ri.or/, [suˈpɛːɾiɔr]
- (of place) Higher, upper.
- (of time or order of succession) Former, past, previous, preceding.
Advanced definitionsimple past tense and past participle of
- (of strength or success in battle or any contest) Victorious, conquering, stronger, superior.
- (of quality, condition, number, etc.) Higher, more distinguished, greater, superior.
Third-declension comparative adjective.
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- superior in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- superior in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- superior in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
- heights, high ground: loca edita, superiora
- last year: superiore, priore anno
- premises; consequences: prima (superiora); consequentia (Fin. 4. 19. 54)
- in his former consulship: superiore consulatu
- to gain a weak case by clever pleading: causam inferiorem dicendo reddere superiorem (λόγον κρείττω ποιειν) (Brut. 8. 30)
- to occupy the high ground: occupare loca superiora
- to have the advantage in cavalry: equitatu superiorem esse
- to come off victorious: superiorem (opp. inferiorem), victorem (proelio, pugna) discedere
- heights, high ground: loca edita, superiora
- “superior” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.
superior m or n (feminine singular superioară, masculine plural superiori, feminine and neuter plural superioare)
superior (plural superiores)
Jefa definitionfemale equivalent of jefe, (female) boss
Patrón definitionowner, boss (1 of 2 patrón definitions)
Patrona definitionfemale equivalent of patró