What does superior mean?

Definitions for superior
səˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-su·pe·ri·or

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word superior.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. superior, higher-up, superordinatenoun

    one of greater rank or station or quality

  2. superiornoun

    the head of a religious community

  3. victor, master, superiornoun

    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals

  4. Lake Superior, Superiornoun

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

  5. Superiornoun

    a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth

  6. superscript, superioradjective

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

  7. superioradjective

    of high or superior quality or performance

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

  8. superioradjective

    of or characteristic of high rank or importance

    "a superior ruler"

  9. superioradjective

    (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, superioradjective

    written or printed above and to one side of another character

  11. superioradjective

    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-rankingadjective

    having a higher rank

    "superior officer"

  13. superior(p)adjective

    (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"


  1. superiornoun

    A person of higher rank or quality.

  2. superiornoun

    The senior person in a monastic community.

  3. superioradjective

    Higher in quality.

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

  4. superioradjective

    Higher in rank.

  5. superioradjective

    Located above.

  6. superioradjective

    Being greater or better than average; extraordinary.

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


  1. superior

    Superior is an adjective that generally means higher in rank, status, or quality; better than others or higher than average; or, located above another part. It could also refer to a person who is in charge or who has authority or control over others, such as in a workplace or organizational hierarchy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superioradjective

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

  2. Superioradjective

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

  3. Superioradjective

    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. Superioradjective

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

  5. Superioradjective

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

  6. Superioradjective

    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. Superioradjective

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

  8. Superioradjective

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

  9. Superiornoun

    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. Superiornoun

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

  11. Etymology: [L., compar. of superus being above, fr. super above, over: cf. F. suprieur. See Super-, and cf. Supreme.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Superior

    sū-pē′ri-or, adj. upper: higher in place, rank, or excellence: surpassing others: beyond the influence of: of wider application, generic: (print.) set above the level of the line.—n. one superior to others: the chief of a monastery, &c., and of certain churches and colleges: (Scots law) one who has made an original grant of heritable property to a tenant or vassal, on condition of a certain annual payment (feu-duty) or of the performance of certain services.—ns. Supē′rioress, a female superior or chief in a convent, nunnery, &c.; Superior′ity, quality or state of being superior: pre-eminence: advantage: (Scots law) the right which the superior enjoys in the land held by the vassal.—adv. Supē′riorly, in a superior manner.—Superior planets, those more distant from the sun than the earth. [L., comp. of superus, high—super, above.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of superior in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of superior in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of superior in a Sentence

  1. Ernest Hemingway:

    There's nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self.

  2. Julie Gauthier:

    Heritage turkey is a superior product to a supermarket turkey, they're much more flavorful.

  3. Atul Kothari:

    The lessons from today's history books are that Indians are nothing and good for nothing, The truth is that historically we have been a far superior race.

  4. Nate Diaz:

    I knew I was the superior boxer and the superior martial artist, nothing surprised me except that I got hit at all. I think with a full camp I would have been flawless.

  5. Pete Ricketts:

    The news of the attack on Agrex Elevator in Superior Elevator in Superior is shocking and devastating.

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