[suh-preem, soo-]


highest in rank or authority; paramount; sovereign; chief.
of the highest quality, degree, character, importance, etc.: supreme courage.
greatest, utmost, or extreme: supreme disgust.
last or final; ultimate.

Origin of supreme

1510–20; < Latin suprēmus, superlative of superus upper, adj. derivative of super (see super-)
Related formssu·preme·ly, adverbsu·preme·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of supremely

Historical Examples of supremely

  • Both rooms were large and furnished in a style that had been supremely luxurious in 1878.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She had lost the few remaining days in which she could have been supremely happy.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • And in as much as he can continue to repeat them to himself, he is supremely content.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • I was crying like a child at the sight of it all, but none the less I was supremely happy.

  • This vigor is supremely great, and in the highest degree unbending.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

British Dictionary definitions for supremely



of highest status or powera supreme tribunal
(usually prenominal) of highest quality, importance, etcsupreme endeavour
greatest in degree; extremesupreme folly
(prenominal) final or last, esp being last in one's life or progress; ultimatethe supreme judgment
Derived Formssupremely, adverbsupremeness, noun

Word Origin for supreme

C16: from Latin suprēmus highest, from superus that is above, from super above



Also called: suprême sauce a rich velouté sauce made with a base of veal or chicken stock, with cream or egg yolks added
the best or most delicate part of meat, esp the breast and wing of chicken, cooked in suprême sauce

Word Origin for suprême

French: supreme
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Word Origin and History for supremely



1520s, from Middle French suprême, from Latin supremus "highest," superlative of superus "situated above," from super "above" (see super-). Supreme Being first attested 1690s; Supreme Court is from 1709.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper