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This page has 41 definitions of superior with English translations in 7 languages. Superior is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use superior in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .
English superior definition
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /suːˈpɪə.ɹi.ə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /sʊˈpɪɹ.i.ɚ/, /sə-/
- (New Zealand) IPA(key): /sʉːˈpɪə.ɹiː.ə/, /sə-/
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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[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- 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.
- 2022 January 12, David Clough, “From Germany with love: a Warship perspective”, in RAIL, number 948, page 46:
- Additionally, reliability proved to be superior to NBL's design, with an average of 120,000 miles run during 1959.
- 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.
- 1711 December 12 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison, Richard Steele [et al.], “SATURDAY, December 1, 1711”, in The Spectator, number 237; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, […], volume III, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, →OCLC:
- There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy […] than a brave man superior to his sufferings.
- Greater or better than average.
- Synonym: extraordinary
- Courageously or serenely indifferent (as to something painful or disheartening).
- (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
- (anatomy, medicine) Located above or higher, a direction that in humans corresponds to cephalad.
- (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
- (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.
- Superior and inferior are generally followed by to; than is sometimes used mistakenly.
- Other English words coming from Latin comparative forms are interior, exterior, ulterior, major, minor, as well as inferior, junior, senior, anterior, posterior and prior, the last six of which (along with superior) have retained their comparative meaning in English. For other English terms ultimately from Latin comparatives formed with -us, see e.g. plus and minus.
- (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
- highly superior autobiographical memory
- Lake Superior
- limit superior
- mother superior, Mother Superior
- posterior superior alveolar artery
- superior alveolar nerve
- superior auricular muscle
- superior autobiographical memory
- superior carotid triangle
- superior cerebellar artery
- superior cervical ganglion
- superior colliculus
- superior court
- superior good
- superior highly composite number
- superior landlord
- superior laryngeal artery
- superior laryngeal nerve
- superior lease
- superior letter
- superior mesenteric artery
- superior mesenteric artery syndrome
- superior nasal concha
- superior oblique
- superior oblique muscle
- superior olivary complex
- superior orbital fissure
- superior petrosal sinus
- superior pharyngeal constrictor
- superior planet
- superior rectus
- superior sagittal sinus
- superior tarsal
- superior tarsal muscle
- superior tenant
- superior thyroid artery
- superior vena cava
superior (plural superiors)
- A person of higher rank or quality, especially a colleague in a higher position.
- Synonym: overling
- (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, 2019–2022.
- “superior”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
- “superior”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “superior”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
Catalan superior definition
superior m or f (masculine and feminine plural superiors)
superior m or f by sense (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.
Latin superior definition
- (Classical) IPA(key): /suˈpe.ri.or/, [s̠ʊˈpɛriɔr]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /suˈpe.ri.or/, [suˈpɛːrior]
- comparative degree of
- Higher, upper. (of place)
- Former, past, previous, preceding. (of time or order of succession)
- Victorious, conquering, stronger, superior. (of strength or success in battle or any contest)
- Higher, more distinguished, greater, superior. (of quality, condition, number, etc.)
Third-declension comparative adjective.
|Case / Gender||Masc./Fem.||Neuter||Masc./Fem.||Neuter|
- “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
Occitan superior definition
Portuguese superior definition
- (Brazil) IPA(key): /su.pe.ɾiˈoʁ/ [su.pe.ɾɪˈoh], (faster pronunciation) /su.peˈɾjoʁ/ [su.peˈɾjoh]
- Hyphenation: su‧pe‧ri‧or
superior m or f (plural superiores)
- “superior” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.
Romanian superior definition
Spanish superior definition
superior m or f (masculine and feminine plural superiores)