Definitions for superiorsəˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

su•pe•ri•orsəˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-(adj.)

  1. higher in station, rank, degree, etc.

  2. above the average in excellence, merit, intelligence, etc.

  3. of higher grade or quality.

  4. greater in quantity or amount.

  5. showing a consciousness or feeling of being better than or above others.

  6. not yielding or susceptible (usu. fol. by to):

    to be superior to temptation.

  7. higher in place or position:

    superior ground.

  8. Bot. situated above some other organ. (of a calyx) seeming to originate from the top of the ovary. (of an ovary) free from the calyx.

    Category: Botany

  9. Anat. (of an organ or part) higher in place or position; situated above another. being toward the head.

    Category: Anatomy

    Ref: Compare inferior (def. 5). 7

  10. Astron. (of a planet) having an orbit outside that of the earth, as Mars and Jupiter. (of a conjunction of a superior planet) taking place between the sun and the planet.

    Category: Astronomy

  11. written or printed high on a line of text, as the “2” in a2b; superscript.

    Category: Printing

    Ref: Compare inferior (def. 7). 9

  12. (n.)one superior to another.

  13. Category: Printing

    Ref: superscript. 2

  14. the head of a monastery, convent, or the like.

    Category: Religion

Origin of superior:

1350–1400; < L, comp. of superus upper (der. of super; see super -)


Su•pe•ri•orsəˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-(n.)

  1. Lake, a lake in the N central U.S. and S Canada: the northernmost of the Great Lakes; the largest body of fresh water in the world. 31,820 sq. mi. (82,415 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. superior, higher-up, superordinate(noun)

    one of greater rank or station or quality

  2. superior(noun)

    the head of a religious community

  3. victor, master, superior(noun)

    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals

  4. Lake Superior, Superior(noun)

    the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes

  5. Superior(noun)

    a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth

  6. superscript, superior(adj)

    a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character

  7. superior(adj)

    of high or superior quality or performance

    "superior wisdom derived from experience"; "superior math students"

  8. superior(adj)

    of or characteristic of high rank or importance

    "a superior ruler"

  9. superior(adj)

    (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by

    "overcome by a superior opponent"; "trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law"

  10. superscript, superior(adj)

    written or printed above and to one side of another character

  11. superior(adj)

    having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit

    "Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets"

  12. ranking(a), superior, higher-ranking(adj)

    having a higher rank

    "superior officer"

  13. superior(p)(adj)

    (often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by

    "he is superior to fear"; "an ignited firework proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. superior(adjective)əˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-

    of high quality

    a superior wine

  2. superiorəˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-

    showing that sb thinks they are better than other people

    her superior manner

  3. superiorəˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-

    of a higher rank than sb or sth else

    a superior colleague

  4. superior(noun)əˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-

    sb who is of a higher rank than you

    I will have to ask permission from my superiors.


  1. superior(Noun)

    A person of higher rank or quality.

  2. superior(Noun)

    The senior person in a monastic community.

  3. superior(Adjective)

    Higher in quality.

    Rebecca had always thought shorts were far superior to pants, as they didn't constantly make her legs itch.

  4. superior(Adjective)

    Higher in rank.

  5. superior(Adjective)

    Located above.

  6. superior(Adjective)

    Being greater or better than average; extraordinary.

  7. Origin: From superior, from superus, from super.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superior(adj)

    more elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image

  2. Superior(adj)

    higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity; as, a superior officer; a superior degree of nobility

  3. Superior(adj)

    higher or greater in excellence; surpassing others in the greatness, or value of any quality; greater in quality or degree; as, a man of superior merit; or of superior bravery

  4. Superior(adj)

    beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; -- with to

  5. Superior(adj)

    more comprehensive; as a term in classification; as, a genus is superior to a species

  6. Superior(adj)

    above the ovary; -- said of parts of the flower which, although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and so appear to originate from its upper part; also of an ovary when the other floral organs are plainly below it in position, and free from it

  7. Superior(adj)

    belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem; posterior

  8. Superior(adj)

    pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; -- said of the radicle

  9. Superior(noun)

    one who is above, or surpasses, another in rank, station, office, age, ability, or merit; one who surpasses in what is desirable; as, Addison has no superior as a writer of pure English

  10. Superior(noun)

    the head of a monastery, convent, abbey, or the like


  1. Superior

    Superior is a city in, and the county seat of, Douglas County in the US state of Wisconsin. The population was 27,244 at the 2010 census. Located at the junction of U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 53, it is north of and adjacent to both the Village of Superior and the Town of Superior. Superior is at the western end of Lake Superior in northwestern Wisconsin. Bordered by Saint Louis Bay, Superior Bay, and Allouez Bay, it is also framed by two rivers: the Nemadji and the Saint Louis. Superior, and the neighboring city across the bay, Duluth, Minnesota, form a single metropolitan area called the Twin Ports and share a harbor that is one of the most important ports on the Great Lakes. Both cities have museum ships devoted to the local nautical heritage. Superior was the last port of call for the Edmund Fitzgerald before its famous 1975 sinking.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'superior' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4490

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'superior' in Adjectives Frequency: #614

Translations for superior

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with to ) higher in rank, better, or greater, than

Is a captain superior to a commander in the navy?; With his superior strength he managed to overwhelm his opponent.

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