[soo-purb, suh-]


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 formssu·perb·ly, adverbsu·perb·ness, noun

Synonyms for superb

2. elegant.

Synonym study

2. See magnificent. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of superb

Historical Examples of superb

  • The mists had now cleared off, and we were promised a superb day.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • When that was finished, the three superb pieces of embroidery were put in their places.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • He had superb health, so he spent most of what he made as it came to him.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • She would not be wife, but what a wise, superb and faithful servant she made!

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • Moreover, Hetty had kept through all these years her superb health.

British Dictionary definitions for superb



surpassingly good; excellenta superb actor
majestic or imposinga superb mansion
magnificently rich; luxuriousthe jubilee was celebrated with a superb banquet
Derived Formssuperbly, adverbsuperbness, noun

Word Origin for superb

C16: from Old French superbe, from Latin superbus distinguished, from super above
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Word Origin and History for superb

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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