- the superlative degree.
- a form in the superlative.
Origin of superlative
Examples from the Web for superlative
You will have to forgive him for labeling more than one destination in such a superlative fashion.
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|Marina Watts|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Floyd Landis was a superlative natural talent, even more so than Armstrong ever was.Dope on Wheels: Speed Read of 'Wheelmen' About Lance Armstrong|Thomas Flynn|October 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Megan McArdle|April 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The "coming up" teasers on The Bachelor are widely mocked because they are so ridiculously over the top and superlative.
Note that el mejor represents the superlative degree of bueno.Heath's Modern Language Series: The Spanish American Reader|Ernesto Nelson
The superlative, so distasteful in the temperate region, has vivacity in the Eastern speech.
If the Grand Cañon itself did not dwarf everything else, the scenery of these plateaus would be superlative in interest.Our Italy|Charles Dudley Warner
Because those sins which were then of the positive, if I may so speak, are now increased to the superlative degree.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. I|Martin Luther
And the picture of superlative beauty she made in her animation.The Man in the Twilight|Ridgwell Cullum
Word Origin 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.)