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[suh-peer-ee-er, soo-] /səˈpɪər i ər, sʊ-/

Lake, a lake in the N central United States and S Canada: the northernmost of the Great Lakes; the largest body of fresh water in the world. 350 miles (564 km) long; 31,820 sq. mi. (82,415 sq. km); greatest depth, 1290 feet (393 meters); 602 feet (183 meters) above sea level.
a port in NW Wisconsin, on Lake Superior.
greater in quality, quantity, etc
of high or extraordinary worth, merit, etc
higher in rank or status: a superior tribunal
displaying a conscious sense of being above or better than others; supercilious
(often postpositive) foll by to. not susceptible (to) or influenced (by)
placed higher up; situated further from the base

(of a plant ovary) situated above the calyx and other floral parts
(anatomy) (of one part in relation to another) situated above or higher
(printing) (of a character) written or printed above the line; superscript
a person or thing of greater rank or quality
(printing) a character set in a superior position
(often capital) the head of a community in a religious order
/suːˈpɪərɪə; sjuː-/
Lake Superior, a lake in the N central US and S Canada: one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and westernmost of the Great Lakes. Area: 82 362 sq km (31 800 sq miles)

late 14c., “higher in position,” from Old French superior, from Latin superiorem (nominative superior) “higher,” comparative of superus “situated above, upper,” from super “above, over” (see super-). Meaning “higher in rank or dignity” is attested from late 15c.; sense of “of a higher nature or character” is attested from 1530s. Original sense was preserved more strongly in French (cf. les étages supérieur “the upper stories”), and in Lake Superior, a loan-translation of French Lac Supérieur, literally “upper lake” (it has the highest elevation of the five Great Lakes).

superior su·pe·ri·or (su-pēr’ē-ər)

su·pe’ri·or·ly adv.


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