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[ suh-peer-ee-er, soo- ]
/ səˈpɪər i ər, sʊ- /


Lake, a lake in the N central United States and S Canada: the northernmost of the Great Lakes; the largest body of fresh water in the world. 350 miles (564 km) long; 31,820 sq. mi. (82,415 sq. km); greatest depth, 1290 feet (393 meters); 602 feet (183 meters) above sea level.
a port in NW Wisconsin, on Lake Superior.


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British Dictionary definitions for lake superior (1 of 2)


/ (suːˈpɪərɪə) /



Derived Formssuperioress, fem nsuperiority (suːˌpɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ), nounsuperiorly, adverb

Word Origin for superior

C14: from Latin, from superus placed above, from super above


Superior should not be used with than: he is a better (not a superior) poet than his brother; his poetry is superior to (not superior than) his brother's

British Dictionary definitions for lake superior (2 of 2)


/ (suːˈpɪərɪə, sjuː-) /


Lake Superior a lake in the N central US and S Canada: one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and westernmost of the Great Lakes. Area: 82 362 sq km (31 800 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for lake superior



late 14c., "higher in position," from Old French superior, from Latin superiorem (nominative superior) "higher," comparative of superus "situated above, upper," from super "above, over" (see super-). Meaning "higher in rank or dignity" is attested from late 15c.; sense of "of a higher nature or character" is attested from 1530s. Original sense was preserved more strongly in French (cf. les étages supérieur "the upper stories"), and in Lake Superior, a loan-translation of French Lac Supérieur, literally "upper lake" (it has the highest elevation of the five Great Lakes).

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Medicine definitions for lake superior


[ su-pîrē-ər ]


Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.
Situated above or directed upward.
Situated nearer the top of the head.
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Culture definitions for lake superior

Lake Superior

Lake bordered by Ontario, Canada, to the north and east; Michigan and Wisconsin to the south; and Minnesota to the west.


The largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior is the largest, highest in elevation, and deepest of the Great Lakes.
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