[soo-per-strey-tuh m, -strat-uh m, soo-per-strey-tuh m, -strat-uh m]

noun, plural su·per·stra·ta [soo-per-strey-tuh, -strat-uh, soo-per-strey-tuh, -strat-uh] /ˈsu pərˌstreɪ tə, -ˌstræt ə, ˌsu pərˈstreɪ tə, -ˈstræt ə/, su·per·stra·tums.

an overlying stratum or layer.
Historical Linguistics. a set of features of a language traceable to the influence of a language formerly spoken within the same society by a dominant group: English has a Norman-French superstratum.

Nearby words

  1. superstation,
  2. superstition,
  3. superstitious,
  4. superstore,
  5. superstorm,
  6. superstring,
  7. superstring theory,
  8. superstruct,
  9. superstructure,
  10. supersubtle

Compare substratum.

Origin of superstratum

1800–10; super- + stratum; cf. substratum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for superstratum


noun plural -ta (-tə) or -tums

geology a layer or stratum overlying another layer or similar structure
linguistics the language of a conquering or colonizing population as it supplants that of an indigenous population, as for example French and English in the CaribbeanCompare substratum (def. 8)
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