- situated above some other organ.
- (of a calyx) seeming to originate from the top of the ovary.
- (of an ovary) free from the calyx.
- higher in place or position; situated above another.
- toward the head.Compare inferior(def 7).
Origin of superior
Synonyms for superior
Related Words for superiorlyeminently, incomparably, preeminent, preeminently, superior, importantly, superiorly, supremely
Examples from the Web for superiorly
Historical Examples of superiorly
Before her was a mirror in which she glanced at her hair that had been superiorly tralala'd.The Paliser case
Then the phone clicked most savagely and ominously and superiorly at the other end.Twelve Men
In certain species these processes are attached only by their bases, and are separated from each other superiorly.Artistic Anatomy of Animals
Black men were awed into helplessness by the superiorly armed mob.Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly
David Bryant Fulton
And Eve looked at him superiorly, triumphant, sure of him, sure of her everlasting power over him!Mr. Prohack
E. Arnold Bennett
- (of a planet) having an orbit further from the sun than the orbit of the earth
- (of a conjunction) occurring when the sun lies between the earth and an inferior planet
Word Origin for superior
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).