Definition of superior noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//suːˈpɪəriə(r)//
    , BrE//sjuːˈpɪəriə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːˈpɪriər//
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  1. 1a person of higher rank, status or position your social superiors He's my immediate superior (= the person directly above me). I'm going to complain to your superiors. She threatened to report the assistant to his superiors. The form has to be signed by your immediate superior. opposite inferior
  2. 2used in titles for the head of a religious community Mother Superior
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French superiour, from Latin superior, comparative of superus ‘that is above’, from super ‘above’.
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