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



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 forms

su·pe·ri·or·ly, adverbqua·si-su·pe·ri·or, adjectiveun·su·pe·ri·or, adjectiveun·su·pe·ri·or·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for superiorly (1 of 2)


/ (suːˈpɪərɪə) /



Derived Forms

superioress, fem nsuperiority (suːˌpɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ), nounsuperiorly, adverb

Word Origin for superior

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


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 superiorly (2 of 2)


/ (suːˈpɪərɪə, sjuː-) /


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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Medicine definitions for superiorly


[ su-pîrē-ər ]


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