- the superlative degree.
- a form in the superlative.
Origin of superlative
Examples from the Web for superlatively
It was on superlatively thick paper and bore a coronet in one corner.The Isle of Unrest|Henry Seton Merriman
That a man should be superlatively good in one single line of effort is the demand of modern life.Craftsmanship in Teaching|William Chandler Bagley
I like people to be saints; but I want them to be first, and superlatively, honest men.
If within Him these two were to be distinguished, the superlatively perfect Principle would be incomplete and imperfect.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3|Plotinos (Plotinus)
One superlatively important effect of wide reading is the enlargement of vocabulary which always accompanies it.Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922|Howard Phillips Lovecraft
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.)