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Definition of "superlative" [su•per•la•tive]

  • Of the highest order, quality, or degree; surpassing or superior to all others. (adjective)
  • Excessive or exaggerated. (adjective)
  • Grammar Of, relating to, or being the extreme degree of comparison of an adjective or adverb, as in best or brightest. (adjective)
  • Something of the highest possible excellence. (noun)
  • The highest degree; the acme. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "superlative" in a sentence
  • "In order to showcase the most advanced towers piercing the clouds, "Supertall!" curator Carol Willis selected a skyscraper subset of what she calls "superlative buildings.""
  • "But for all that swagger, what makes Kael superlative is her femininity."
  • "It was obvious that Americans enjoyed everything in superlative form: the biggest, the best, the only, and the unique."