AskDefine | Define superior

Dictionary Definition

superior adj
1 of high or superior quality or performance; "superior wisdom derived from experience"; "superior math students" [ant: inferior]
2 of or characteristic of high rank or importance; "a superior officer" [ant: inferior]
3 (sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by; "overcome by a superior opponent"; "trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law"
4 written or printed above and to one side of another character [syn: superscript] [ant: subscript, adscript]
5 having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit; "Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets" [ant: inferior]
6 having a higher rank; "superior officer" [syn: ranking(a), higher-ranking]
7 (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" [syn: superior(p)]


1 one of greater rank or station or quality [syn: higher-up, superordinate] [ant: inferior]
2 the head of a religious community
3 a combatant who is able to defeat rivals [syn: victor, master]
4 the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes [syn: Lake Superior]
5 a town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth
6 a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character [syn: superscript] [ant: subscript]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin superus (high).



  1. Higher in rank or quality.
    Rebbecca had always thought shorts were far superior to pants, as they didn't constantly make her legs itch.
  2. Located above.



higher in rank or quality


  1. A person of higher rank or quality.
  2. The senior person in a monastic community.



  1. comparative form of superus



  1. boss


Extensive Definition

Superior may refer to
  • Superior (hierarchy), in a hierarchical structure of any kind, a superior is above a subordinate and closer to the apex
  • Superior is the generic term, and in some cases the formal title, for the head of a monastery or other local unit of a religious order or congregation, e.g. abbot and prior, while a general superior and a provincial superior, exercise a supervisory role in a religious order or congregation viz. a territorial part of it (called ecclesiastical province)
  • Standard Superior, a German automobile brand built in the 1920s that may have been a forerunner of the Volkswagen Beetle
  • Superior Coach Company, a former manufacturer of school buses and that currently builds hearses
  • Superior (band), a progressive metal band from Germany
  • "Superior" is also used anatomically, meaning above or in a higher position on the body (when the body is in its anatomical position). The head is the most superior part of the body
  • Superior (proposed U.S. state), an unsuccessful, and occasionally facetious, proposal for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to form a state separate from Michigan
  • Superior Helicopter, a heavy lift helicopter operator of Glendale, Oregon
  • Superior, a difficulty rating in Dance Dance Revolution
Superiority may refer to

Geographical locations

superior in German: Superior
superior in Dutch: Superior
superior in Japanese: Superior
superior in Polish: Superior
superior in Ukrainian: Суперіор
superior in Volapük: Superior

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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