[ soo-per-pou-er ]
/ ˈsu pərˌpaʊ ər /


an extremely powerful nation, especially one capable of influencing international events and the acts and policies of less powerful nations.
power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or has previously existed.
power, especially mechanical or electric power, on an extremely large scale secured by the linking together of a number of separate power systems, with a view to more efficient and economical generation and distribution.

Origin of superpower

First recorded in 1920–25; super- + power

Related forms

su·per·pow·ered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for superpowers


/ (ˈsuːpəˌpaʊə) /


an extremely powerful state, such as the US
extremely high power, esp electrical or mechanical

Derived Forms

superpowered, adjective
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