[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 superbly

  • But Masters of Sex has quietly become one of the most entertaining, well written, and superbly acted series on TV.

  • The play itself was brilliantly written and conceived, superbly staged and acted, and profoundly moving.

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  • Here is a supremely intelligent and competent man, superbly qualified in so many ways for the highest executive office.

  • The whole passage, at once slow and instantaneous, was superbly polite in the haute-Anglo fashion.

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    June 17, 2010

  • Calasso reconstruction is, in Mounts' judgment, a superbly ambitious, quirky, querulous, lyrical, and finally persuasive essay.

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Historical Examples of superbly

  • Superbly self-possessed as he was, he could not conceal his anger.

    Up the Forked River

    Edward Sylvester Ellis

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

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice

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

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

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

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

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


    Charles Godfrey Leland

British Dictionary definitions for superbly



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 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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