- of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme; extreme: superlative wisdom.
- Grammar. of, relating to, or noting the highest degree of the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, as smallest, best, and most carefully, the superlative forms of small, good, and carefully.Compare comparative(def 4), positive(def 21).
- being more than is proper or normal; exaggerated in language or style.
- a superlative person or thing.
- the utmost degree; acme.
- the superlative degree.
- a form in the superlative.
Origin of superlative
SynonymsSee more synonyms for superlative on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for superlative
You will have to forgive him for labeling more than one destination in such a superlative fashion.The Nile: Where Ancient and Modern Meet
June 21, 2014
The interview illustrates that, among all her other superlative qualities, is a remarkable level of self awareness.11 Angelina Jolie Quotes From Her 'Maleficent' Q&A Proving She's Perfect
March 14, 2014
Floyd Landis was a superlative natural talent, even more so than Armstrong ever was.Dope on Wheels: Speed Read of 'Wheelmen' About Lance Armstrong
October 16, 2013
Some of what looks like superlative performance may just be the luck of the draw.The Real Lesson of JC Penney: Sometimes, You're Stuck
April 11, 2013
The "coming up" teasers on The Bachelor are widely mocked because they are so ridiculously over the top and superlative.Eight Worst Things About ‘The Bachelorette’
June 29, 2011
And superlative morality is found, of course, only in the newspapers.Another Sheaf
It tells a story of superlative defiance––the defiance of death.The Twins of Suffering Creek
It is not that they revealed a superlative degree of disorganization.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
The comparative is declined weak, but the superlative is declined strong and weak.A Middle High German Primer
He who has a superlative for everything, wants a measure for the great or small.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
- of outstanding quality, degree, etc; supreme
- grammar denoting the form of an adjective or adverb that expresses the highest or a very high degree of quality. In English the superlative degree is usually marked by the suffix -est or the word most, as in loudest or most loudlyCompare positive (def. 10), comparative (def. 3)
- (of language or style) excessive; exaggerated
- a thing that excels all others or is of the highest quality
- grammar the superlative form of an adjective
- the highest degree; peak
Word Origin and History for superlative
late 14c., from Old French superlatif (13c.), from Late Latin superlativus "exaggerated, superlative," from Latin superlatus "exaggerated" (used as past participle of superferre "carry over or beyond"), from super "beyond" (see super-) + lat- "carry," from *tlat-, past participle stem of tollere "to take away" (see extol). The noun is attested from 1520s, originally in the grammatical sense.
The form of an adjective indicating the greatest degree of the quality that the adjective describes. Best is the superlative form of good; fastest is the superlative form of fast; most charming is the superlative form of charming. The usual superlative takes the ending -est. (Compare comparative.)