- Superior means higher or greater in value.
- An example of superior used as an adjective is a superior manager which means a manager whose skills have been evaluated as excellent.
- An example of superior used as an adjective is a superior grade of 100% on an exam.
- The definition of a superior is someone who is higher in degree, rank, numbers, etc. than others.
An example of a superior is the manager of a company.
- higher in space; placed higher up; upper
- high or higher in order, status, rank, etc.
- greater in quality or value than: with to
- above average in quality; excellent
- refusing to give in to or be affected by: with to: a person superior to temptation
- showing a feeling of being better than others; haughty
- more comprehensive or inclusive; generic: said of terms, concepts, etc.
- Anat. located above or directed upward
- farther from the sun than the earth is: said of five planets
- designating that conjunction which occurs when the sun is directly between the earth and an inferior planet
- attached above some other organ, as the ovary of a hypogynous flower
- of the upper or adaxial petal of an axillary flower
- Printing placed above the type line (Ex.: 2 in x)
Origin of superiorOld French from L, comparative of superus, that is above from super: see super-
- a superior person or thing
- the head of a religious community
largest & westernmost of the Great Lakes, between Mich. & Ontario, Canada: 31,700 sq mi (82,103 sq km)
Origin of Superiororigin, originally so called in French (Supérieur), from its position above Lake Huron
- Higher than another in rank, station, or authority: a superior officer.
- Of a higher nature or kind.
- Of great value or excellence; extraordinary.
- Greater in number or amount than another: an army defeated by superior numbers of enemy troops.
- Presuming to be or suggesting that one is morally or socially better than others; disdainful or supercilious.
- Above being affected or influenced; indifferent or immune: “Trust magnates were superior to law” ( Gustavus Myers )
- Located higher than another; upper.
- Botany Inserted or situated above the perianth. Used of an ovary.
- Printing Set above the main line of type.
- Logic Of wider or more comprehensive application; generic. Used of a term or proposition.
- One that surpasses another in rank or quality.
- Ecclesiastical The head of a religious community, such as a monastery, abbey, or convent.
- Printing A superior character, as the number 2 in x2.
Origin of superiorMiddle English from Old French from Latin comparative of superus upper from super over ; see uper in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more superior, superlative most superi)
- Higher in quality.
- Rebecca had always thought shorts were far superior to pants, as they didn't constantly make her legs itch.
- Higher in rank.
- More comprehensive, as a term in classification.
- A genus is superior to a species.
- Located above.
- the superior jaw; the superior part of an image
- (botany) 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.
- (botany) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem; posterior.
- (botany) Pointing toward the apex of the fruit; ascending; said of the radicle.
- Greater or better than average; extraordinary.
- Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; with to.