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  1. a prefix meaning “over, above,” “in addition,” occurring mainly in loanwords from French and partial calques of French words: surcharge; surname; surrender; survive.
Compare super-.

Origin of sur-1

Middle English < Old French < Latin super- super-


  1. variant of sub- before r: surrogate.
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British Dictionary definitions for sur-


  1. over; above; beyondsurcharge; surrealism Compare super-

Word Origin

from Old French, from Latin super-


  1. a variant of sub- surrogate
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Word Origin and History for sur-

word-forming element meaning "over, above, beyond, in addition," especially in words from Anglo-French and Old French, from Old French sour-, sor-, sur-, from Latin super (see super-).

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