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superior

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

noun

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Origin of superior

1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) <Latin, equivalent to super(us) situated above (adj. derivative of super;see super-) + -ior comparative suffix; see -er4

OTHER WORDS FROM superior

su·pe·ri·or·ly, adverbqua·si-su·pe·ri·or, adjectiveun·su·pe·ri·or, adjectiveun·su·pe·ri·or·ly, adverb

Definition for superior (2 of 2)

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

noun

Lake Superior, a lake in the north central United States and southern Canada: the northernmost of the Great Lakes; the largest body of fresh water in the world. 350 miles (564 kilometers) long; 31,820 square miles (82,415 square kilometers); greatest depth, 1,290 feet (393 meters); 602 feet (183 meters) above sea level.
a port in northwestern Wisconsin, on Lake Superior.

Origin of Superior

First recorded in 1780–85; translation of French Lac Supérieur “Upper Lake” (i.e., the lake above Lake Huron), or “Higher Lake” (in elevation above sea level)
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British Dictionary definitions for superior (1 of 2)

superior
/ (suːˈpɪərɪə) /

adjective

noun

Derived forms of superior

superioress, fem nsuperiority (suːˌpɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ), nounsuperiorly, adverb

Word Origin for superior

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

usage for superior

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 superior (2 of 2)

Superior
/ (suːˈpɪərɪə, sjuː-) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for superior

superior
[ su-pîrē-ər ]

adj.

Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.
Situated above or directed upward.
Situated nearer the top of the head.
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