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[soo-purb, suh-] /sʊˈpɜrb, sə-/
admirably fine or excellent; extremely good:
a superb performance.
sumptuous; rich; grand:
superb jewels.
of a proudly imposing appearance or kind; majestic:
superb mountain vistas.
Origin of superb
1540-50; < Latin superbus proud, superior, excellent, equivalent to super- super- + -bus adj. suffix (akin to be)
Related forms
superbly, adverb
superbness, noun
2. elegant.
Synonym Study
2. See magnificent. Unabridged
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  • superbly self-possessed as he was, he could not conceal his anger.

    Up the Forked River

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  • She was superbly dressed, her neck and arms and hair were all a-glitter with diamonds.

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  • Eighteen years before, Moscow society had defeated him, superbly.

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  • They were superbly muscular and used to the dragging efforts of novices.

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  • She was superbly willing to amuse, and on any terms; and her temper could do it as well as her wit.

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British Dictionary definitions for superbly


/sʊˈpɜːb; sjʊ-/
surpassingly good; excellent: a superb actor
majestic or imposing: a superb mansion
magnificently rich; luxurious: the jubilee was celebrated with a superb banquet
Derived Forms
superbly, adverb
superbness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French superbe, from Latin superbus distinguished, from super above
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Word Origin and History for superbly



1540s, "noble, magnificent" (of buildings, monuments, etc.), from Latin superbus "grand, proud, sumptuous," from super "above, over" (see super-). The second element probably is from PIE root *bhe- "to be." General sense of "very fine" developed by 1729.

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