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[soo-purb, suh-] /sʊˈpɜrb, sə-/
admirably fine or excellent; extremely good:
a superb performance.
sumptuous; rich; grand:
superb jewels.
of a proudly imposing appearance or kind; majestic:
superb mountain vistas.
Origin of superb
1540-50; < Latin superbus proud, superior, excellent, equivalent to super- super- + -bus adj. suffix (akin to be)
Related forms
superbly, adverb
superbness, noun
2. elegant. See magnificent. Unabridged
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  • The operation was extremely rare and interesting, and Austin's skill was superb.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • The mists had now cleared off, and we were promised a superb day.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Lucy was very beautiful in a blue silk, whose low corsage and short sleeves revealed her superb shoulders and rounded arms.

    Husks Marion Harland
  • Moreover, Hetty had kept through all these years her superb health.

  • A dim footpath led us a few yards to a superb spring, in which a trout from the near creek had taken up his abode.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for superb


/sʊˈpɜːb; sjʊ-/
surpassingly good; excellent: a superb actor
majestic or imposing: a superb mansion
magnificently rich; luxurious: the jubilee was celebrated with a superb banquet
Derived Forms
superbly, adverb
superbness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French superbe, from Latin superbus distinguished, from super above
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Word Origin and History for superb

1540s, "noble, magnificent" (of buildings, monuments, etc.), from Latin superbus "grand, proud, sumptuous," from super "above, over" (see super-). The second element probably is from PIE root *bhe- "to be." General sense of "very fine" developed by 1729.

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