superior

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

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. superintend,
  2. superintendence,
  3. superintendency,
  4. superintendent,
  5. superinvolution,
  6. superior alveolar nerve,
  7. superior anastomotic vein,
  8. superior artery of knee,
  9. superior basal vein,
  10. superior cerebellar peduncle

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for superiorly

superior

/ (suːˈpɪərɪə) /

adjective

noun

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

Word Origin for superior

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

usage

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

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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Word Origin and History for superiorly

superior

adj.

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 superiorly

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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