superioress

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superior (suːˈpɪərɪə)
 
adj (foll by to)
1.  greater in quality, quantity, etc
2.  of high or extraordinary worth, merit, etc
3.  higher in rank or status: a superior tribunal
4.  displaying a conscious sense of being above or better than others; supercilious
5.  not susceptible (to) or influenced (by)
6.  placed higher up; situated further from the base
7.  astronomy
 a.  (of a planet) having an orbit further from the sun than the orbit of the earth
 b.  (of a conjunction) occurring when the sun lies between the earth and an inferior planet
8.  (of a plant ovary) situated above the calyx and other floral parts
9.  anatomy (of one part in relation to another) situated above or higher
10.  printing (of a character) written or printed above the line; superscript
 
n
11.  a person or thing of greater rank or quality
12.  printing a character set in a superior position
13.  (often capital) the head of a community in a religious order
 
[C14: from Latin, from superus placed above, from super above]
 
usage  Superior should not be used with than: he is a better (not a superior) poet than his brother; his poetry is superior to (not superior than) his brother's
 
su'perioress
 
fem n
 
superiority
 
n
 
su'periorly
 
adv

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