1. Printing. superior(def 12).
  2. Obsolete. an address on a letter; superscription.

Origin of superscript

1580–90; < Latin superscrīptus (past participle of superscrībere to superscribe), equivalent to super- super- + scrīptus written; see script Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for superscript


  1. printing (of a character) written or printed above the line; superiorCompare subscript
  1. a superscript or superior character
  2. obsolete a superscription on a document, letter, etc

Word Origin for superscript

C16: from Latin superscriptus; see superscribe
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Word Origin and History for superscript

late 14c. (implied in superscription), "address or direction on a letter," from Middle French superscript, from Latin superscriptus "written above," past participle of superscribere "write over or above something as a correction," from super "above" (see super-) + scribere "write" (see script (n.)). Meaning "number or letter written above something" first recorded 1901.

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