to write, mark, or engrave (an inscription, name, etc.) at the top or on an outer surface of (something); specif., to write (a name, address, etc.) on (an envelope, parcel, etc.)
Origin of superscribeClassical Latin superscribere: see super- and amp; scribe
transitive verbsu·per·scribed, su·per·scrib·ing, su·per·scribes
- To write on the outside or upper part of (a letter, for example).
- To write (a name or an address, for example) on the top or outside.
Origin of superscribeLatin superscrībere, to write over : super-, super- + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present superscribes, present participle superscribing, simple past and past participle superscribed)
- to write on the exterior of, the surface of, or above.
- He superscribed each character with its Latin-alphabet equivalent.
- to write (something) on the exterior of an object, such as a document or an envelope.
- His wife superscribed her own notes on each of his letters before sending them in packets to the editor.
- To address (an envelope etc.).
From Latin superscrÄ«bo (“write over")