Definition of superlative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//suˈpɜːlətɪv//
    , BrE//sjuːˈpɜːlətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːˈpɜːrlətɪv//
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  1. 1excellent synonym first-rate a superlative performance
  2. 2 (grammar) relating to adjectives or adverbs that express the highest degree of something, for example best, worst, slowest and most difficult compare comparative See related entries: Grammar
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French superlatif, -ive, from late Latin superlativus, from Latin superlatus ‘carried beyond’, past participle of superferre.
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