I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin, comparative of superus upper, from super over, above — more at over Date: 14th century 1. situated higher up ; upper 2. of higher rank, quality, or importance 3. courageously or serenely indifferent (as to something painful or disheartening) 4. a. greater in quantity or numbers <
escaped by superior speed
b. excellent of its kind ; better <
her superior memory
5. being a superscript 6. a. of an animal structure situated above or anterior or dorsal to another and especially a corresponding part <
a superior artery
b. of a plant structure situated above or near the top of another part: as (1) of a calyx attached to and apparently arising from the ovary (2) of an ovary free from the calyx or other floral envelope 7. more comprehensive <
a genus is superior to a species
8. affecting or assuming an air of superiority ; supercilioussuperiorly adverb II. noun Date: 15th century 1. one who is above another in rank, station, or office; especially the head of a religious house or order 2. one that surpasses another in quality or merit 3. superscript

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