Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “superior”

See all translations

superior

adjective uk   /suːˈpɪə.ri.ər/ us    /-ˈpɪr.i.ɚ/

superior adjective (BETTER)

C1 better than average or better than other people or things of the same type: This is clearly the work of a superior artist. She was chosen for the job because she was the superior candidate. For babies, breastfeeding is superior to bottle-feeding. The government troops were superior in numbers (= there were more of them). C2 disapproving A superior person believes that they are better than other people and acts in such a way: a superior manner/smile I can't bear Amanda - she's so superior.
More examples

superior adjective (HIGHER)

higher in rank or social position than others: The soldier was reported to his superior officer for failing in his duties. specialized medical closer to the head, further from the feet: The head is superior to the shoulder.

superior

noun [C] uk   /suːˈpɪə.ri.ər/ us    /-ˈpɪr.i.ɚ/
C1 a person or group of people who are higher in rank or social position than others: I will pass your complaint on to my superiors.
(Definition of superior from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of superior?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “superior” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More