Superlative definition

so͝o-pûrlə-tĭv
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Excessive or exaggerated.
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Something of the highest possible excellence.
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Designating or of the extreme degree of comparison of adjectives and adverbs; expressing the greatest degree of the quality or attribute expressed by the positive degree: usually indicated by the suffix -est (hardest) or by the use of most with the positive form (most beautiful)
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Superior to or excelling all other or others; of the highest kind, quality, degree, etc.; supreme.
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The definition of superlative is expressing the very highest degree, or the very best example of something.

An example of superlative is having the highest level of talent.

An example of superlative is "smartest," referring to the person who is the most intelligent.

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Something superlative.
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Superlative is a grammar term used for an adjective or adverb that expresses the greatest degree.

An example of a superlative is the "greatest" or "smartest," both of which express the highest degree.

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The superlative degree.
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An adjective or adverb expressing the superlative degree, as in brightest, the superlative of the adjective bright, or most brightly, the superlative of the adverb brightly.
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The superlative degree.
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A word or form in this degree.
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The highest extent or degree of something.
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(grammar) The form of an adjective that expresses which of more than two items has the highest degree of the quality expressed by the adjective; in English, formed by appending "-est" to the end of the adjective (for some short adjectives only) or putting "most" before it.

The superlative of "big" is "biggest"

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(informal) An adjective used to praise something exceptional.

Daniel is amazing, wonderful, fantastic, and many other superlatives I can’t think of right now!

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Exceptionally good; of the highest quality; superb.
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(grammar) Of or relating to a superlative.
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The highest degree; the acme.
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Excessive or exaggerated.
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Of the highest order, quality, or degree; surpassing or superior to all others.
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(grammar) Of, relating to, or being the extreme degree of comparison of an adjective or adverb, as in best or brightest.
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The highest or utmost degree; acme; height; peak.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
superlative
Plural:
superlatives

Origin of superlative

  • Middle English superlatif from Old French from Late Latin superlātīvus from Latin superlātus past participle of superferre to carry over a person or thing, exaggerate super- super- lātus past participle of ferre to carry telə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English superlatyf, from Old French superlatif, from Late Latin superlātīvus, from Latin superlātus (“extravagant, of hyperbole”), past participle of superfero (“carry over”), from super (“above”) + fero (“bear, carry”).

    From Wiktionary