UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/suːˈpɪərɪə/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/səˈpɪriɚ, sʊ-/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(sə pērē ər, sŏŏ-)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
su•pe•ri•or /səˈpɪriɚ, sʊ-/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. higher in rank, degree, class, etc.:a superior officer.
  2. above the average in excellence, merit, etc.:a superior student.
  3. of higher grade or quality:a superior brand of dog food.
  4. greater in quantity or amount:Our armies have superior numbers.
  5. showing a feeling of being better than or above others:He had a superior attitude toward everyone.
  6. higher in place or position; located above some similar thing:The enemy had an advantage, fighting from superior ground.

n. [countable]
  1. one who is superior to another in rank, as in a job, or who has higher ability than another:She's my superior at work.
  2. Religionthe head of a monastery, convent, or the like.
su•pe•ri•or•i•ty /səˌpɪriˈɔrɪti, -ˈɑr-, sʊ-/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
su•pe•ri•or  (sə pērē ər, sŏŏ-),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. higher in station, rank, degree, importance, etc.:a superior officer.
  2. above the average in excellence, merit, intelligence, etc.:superior math students.
  3. of higher grade or quality:superior merchandise.
  4. greater in quantity or amount:superior numbers.
  5. showing a consciousness or feeling of being better than or above others:superior airs.
  6. not yielding or susceptible (usually fol. by to):to be superior to temptation.
  7. higher in place or position:We moved our camp to superior ground.
  8. [Bot.]
    • Botanysituated above some other organ.
    • Botany(of a calyx) seeming to originate from the top of the ovary.
    • Botany(of an ovary) free from the calyx.
  9. Anatomy(of an organ or part)
    • higher in place or position;
      situated above another.
    • toward the head. Cf.  inferior (def. 7).
  10. Printingwritten or printed high on a line of text, as the "2'' in a2b;
    superscript. Cf.  inferior (def. 9).

  1. one superior to another.
  2. PrintingAlso called  superscript. a superior letter, number, or symbol. Cf.  inferior (def. 11).
  3. Religion[Eccles.]the head of a monastery, convent, or the like.
su•peri•or•ly, adv. 
  • Latin, equivalent. to super(us) situated above (adjective, adjectival derivative of super; see super-) + -ior comparative suffix; see -er4
  • Middle English (adjective, adjectival) 1350–1400
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged excellent, distinguished, unrivaled, first-rate, matchless.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged haughty, arrogant, snobbish.

Su•pe•ri•or  (sə pērē ər, sŏŏ-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Place NamesLake, a lake in the N central United States and S Canada: the northernmost of the Great Lakes;
    the largest body of fresh water in the world. 350 mi. (564 km) long;
    31,820 sq. mi. (82,415 sq. km);
    greatest depth, 1290 ft. (393 m);
    602 ft. (183 m) above sea level.
  2. Place Namesa port in NW Wisconsin, on Lake Superior. 29,571.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
superior /suːˈpɪərɪə/ adj
  1. greater in quality, quantity, etc
  2. of high or extraordinary worth, merit, etc
  3. higher in rank or status: a superior tribunal
  4. displaying a conscious sense of being above or better than others; supercilious
  5. (often postpositive) followed by to: not susceptible (to) or influenced (by)
  6. placed higher up; situated further from the base
  7. (of a planet) having an orbit further from the sun than the orbit of the earth
  8. (of a plant ovary) situated above the calyx and other floral parts
  9. (of a character) written or printed above the line; superscript
  1. a person or thing of greater rank or quality
  2. a character set in a superior position
  3. (often capital) the head of a community in a religious order
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin, from superus placed above, from super above

suˈperioress fem n superiority /suːˌpɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ/ n USAGE
Superior should not be used with than: he is a better (not a superior) poet than his brother; his poetry is superior to (not superior than) his brother's

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Superior /suːˈpɪərɪə sjuː-/ n
  1. Lake Superiora lake in the N central US and S Canada: one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and westernmost of the Great Lakes. Area: 82 362 sq km (31 800 sq miles)
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