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  1. Printing. superior(def 10).
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  1. Printing. superior(def 12).
  2. Obsolete. an address on a letter; superscription.
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Origin of superscript

1580–90; < Latin superscrīptus (past participle of superscrībere to superscribe), equivalent to super- super- + scrīptus written; see script
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Historical Examples

  • Footnote numbers are shown as small, superscript, bracketed codes in the text.

    The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 6

    Lord Byron

British Dictionary definitions for superscript


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

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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