[ suh-peer-ee-er, soo- ]
/ səˈpɪər i ər, sʊ- /
higher in station, rank, degree, importance, etc.: a superior officer.
above the average in excellence, merit, intelligence, etc.: superior math students.
of higher grade or quality: superior merchandise.
greater in quantity or amount: superior numbers.
showing a consciousness or feeling of being better than or above others: superior airs.
not yielding or susceptible (usually followed by to): to be superior to temptation.
higher in place or position: We moved our camp to superior ground.
- situated above some other organ.
- (of a calyx) seeming to originate from the top of the ovary.
- (of an ovary) free from the calyx.
Anatomy. (of an organ or part)
- higher in place or position; situated above another.
- toward the head.Compare inferior(def 7).
Printing. written or printed high on a line of text, as the “2” in a2b; superscript.Compare inferior(def 9).
Words nearby superior
Origin of superior
OTHER WORDS FROM superiorsu·pe·ri·or·ly, adverbqua·si-su·pe·ri·or, adjectiveun·su·pe·ri·or, adjectiveun·su·pe·ri·or·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unsuperior (1 of 2)
/ (suːˈpɪərɪə) /
greater in quality, quantity, etc
of high or extraordinary worth, merit, etc
higher in rank or statusa superior tribunal
displaying a conscious sense of being above or better than others; supercilious
(often postpositive foll by to) not susceptible (to) or influenced (by)
placed higher up; situated further from the base
- (of a planet) having an orbit further from the sun than the orbit of the earth
- (of a conjunction) occurring when the sun lies between the earth and an inferior planet
(of a plant ovary) situated above the calyx and other floral parts
anatomy (of one part in relation to another) situated above or higher
printing (of a character) written or printed above the line; superscript
a person or thing of greater rank or quality
printing a character set in a superior position
(often capital) the head of a community in a religious order
Derived forms of superiorsuperioress, fem nsuperiority (suːˌpɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ), nounsuperiorly, adverb
Word Origin for superior
C14: from Latin, from superus placed above, from super above
usage for superior
Superior should not be used with than: he is a better (not a superior) poet than his brother; his poetry is superior to (not superior than) his brother's
British Dictionary definitions for unsuperior (2 of 2)
/ (suːˈpɪərɪə, sjuː-) /
Lake Superior a lake in the N central US and S Canada: one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and westernmost of the Great Lakes. Area: 82 362 sq km (31 800 sq miles)
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Medicine definitions for unsuperior
[ su-pîr′ē-ər ]
Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.
Situated above or directed upward.
Situated nearer the top of the head.
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