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superlative (superior)

Definition:

highest in quality

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

superlatively

Comparative:

more superlative

Superlative:

most superlative

Similar to:

superior

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

greatest [superlative] | sterling [attributive]

Etymology:

Old French superlatif (13th century), from Late Latin superlativus "exaggerated,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of superlative...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

greatest | great | the greatest [sense-specific] | be great on [sense-specific] | great organ [synonym, sense-specific] | big [synonym, sense-specific] | remarkable [synonym, sense-specific] | heroic [synonym, sense-specific] | favoured [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[superlative] "great" | See "the greatest" | relatively large in size or extent; big | relatively large in number; having many parts or members | of ... (22 of 891 words, 25 definitions, 31 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/greatest

Random House Dictionary:

great | greats [plural] | greater [comparative] | greatest [superlative] | Great [sense-specific] | great with child [sense-specific] | great go [synonym, sense-specific] | great persons, collectively [synonym, sense-specific]

unusually or comparatively large in size or dimensions. | large in number; numerous. | unusual or considerable in degree, power, intensity, etc.. | ... (20 of 357 words, 23 definitions, 21 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/great

American Heritage Dictionary:

great | greater [comparative] | greatest [superlative] | greats [plural, sense-specific] | greatly [adverb, related] | greatness [noun, related]

Very large in size. | Larger in size than others of the same kind. | Large in quantity or number | Extensive in time or distance | Remarkable or ... (25 of 205 words, 20 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/great

Wiktionary:

great | greats [plural] | greatest [superlative] | large [synonym, sense-specific] | excellent [synonym, sense-specific] | Important [synonym, sense-specific]

Very big, large scale. | Very good. | Important. | Title referring to an important leader. | Expression of gladness and content about something. | sarcastic inversion thereof. | A person of major significance, accomplishment or acclaim. |... (31 of 179 words, 9 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/great

Wikipedia:

Greatest [disambiguation]

may refer to: Greatest!, a 1959 album by Johnny Cash | Bee Gees Greatest, a 1979 album | Greatest (The Go-Go's album), 1990 | Greatest (Duran Duran album), 1998 | Greatness, a concept of superiority | The Greatest (disambiguation) (34 of 86 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Greatest

Merriam-Webster:

sterling [entry 1, noun] | stg [abbreviation]

British money | sterling silver or articles of it (8 of 60 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sterling

sterling [entry 2, adjective] | A-OK [synonym, sense-specific] | A1 [synonym, sense-specific] | awesome [synonym, sense-specific] | bang-up [synonym, sense-specific] | banner [synonym, sense-specific] | beautiful [synonym, sense-specific] | blue-chip [synonym, sense-specific] | blue-ribbon [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of, relating to, or calculated in terms of British sterling ; payable in sterling | [silver] having a fixed standard of purity usually defined legally ... (24 of 281 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sterling show=1

Britannica Encyclopedia:

sterling [metallurgy]

the standard of purity for silver. The term sterling silver denotes any silver alloy in which pure silver makes up at least 92.5 percent of the ... (26 of 223 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/565718​/sterling

Oxford Dictionary:

sterling | stg [abbreviation]

British money | short for "sterling silver". | (of a person or their work or qualities) excellent or valuable (17 of 112 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sterling

New World Dictionary:

sterling | stg [abbreviation]

an early English silver penny: a pound weight of these pennies was later standardized as a money of account | English money having the fineness of ... (25 of 109 words, 9 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sterling

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sterling [uncountable, noun] | sterling silver

[economics] the standard unit of money in the UK | "sterling" or "sterling silver": silver of a standard quality (18 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sterling 5

sterling [formal]

sterling work or a sterling character is good, strong, and reliable (11 of 45 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sterling

Cambridge Dictionary:

sterling [entry 1]

British money (2 of 38 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sterling 1

sterling [entry 2]

(of precious metal, especially silver) of a fixed standard of purity (11 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sterling 2

sterling [entry 3, approving]

of a very high standard (5 of 23 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sterling 3

Encarta Dictionary:

great | greats [plural] | greater [comparative] | greatest [superlative] | GR8 [online, email, text messaging, abbreviation]

very large and impressive | large in number, or with many parts | larger or more important than others of the same kind | extreme or more than usual | ... (26 of 416 words, 17 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861615190​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

superlative

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French superlatif (13th century), from Late Latin superlativus "exaggerated, superlative", from Latin superlatus ... (17 of 54 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=superlative

American Heritage Dictionary:

superlative

Origin: Middle English superlatif, from Old French, from Late Latin superlātīvus, from Latin superlātus, past participle of ... (16 of 39 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/superlative

Wiktionary:

superlative | superlatives [plural]

Origin: 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")... (26 of 29 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/superlative

New World Dictionary:

superlative

Origin: Middle English from Middle French superlatif from Late Latin superlativus from Latin superlatus, excessive from super-, ... (16 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/superlative

Collins Dictionary:

superlative

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French superlatif, via Late Latin from Latin superlātus extravagant, from superferre to carry beyond, from super- + ferre to bear

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/superlative

Oxford Dictionary:

superlative | the superlative | superlatives

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French superlatif, -ive, from late Latin superlativus, from Latin superlatus "carried ... (16 of 21 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/superlative

Merriam-Webster:

superlative [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English superlatif, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin superlativus, from Latin superlatus (past participle of ... (17 of 33 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/superlative

Encarta Dictionary:

superlative | superlatives [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin superlativus from past participle of superferre "carry above" from super "over, above" + ferre "carry"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717062​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

superlative | superlatives [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "superlative"

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Collins Dictionary:

superlative

Audio: British English pronunciation of "superlative"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/superlative

Cambridge Dictionary:

superlative [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "superlative"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "superlative"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/superlative 1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

superlative [noun] | superlatives [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "superlative"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/superlative 7

superlative

Audio: British English pronunciation of "superlative"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

superlative [noun] | superlatives [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "superlative"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/superlative 7

superlative

Audio: North American pronunciation of "superlative"

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the Free Dictionary:

superlative

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "superlative"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "superlative"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "superlative" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/superlative

Google Dictionary:

superlative | superlatives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "superlative"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

superlative

Audio: North American pronunciation of "superlative"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=superl​01 word=superlative

YourDictionary Audio:

superlative

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "superlative" by speech synthesizer

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