[ ploo-pur-fikt ]
/ pluˈpɜr fɪkt /


  1. perfect with respect to a point of reference in past time, as had done in He had done it when I came.
  2. designating a tense or other verb formation or construction with such meaning, as Latin portāveram “I had carried.”
more than perfect: He spoke the language with pluperfect precision.

noun Grammar.

  1. the pluperfect tense, or other verb formation or construction with such meaning.
  2. a form in the pluperfect.

Origin of pluperfect

1520–30; < Latin plū(s quam) perfectum (more than) perfect, translation of Greek hypersyntelikós Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pluperfect

/ (pluːˈpɜːfɪkt) /

adjective, noun

grammar another term for past perfect

Word Origin for pluperfect

C16: from the Latin phrase plūs quam perfectum more than perfect
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