|—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|
|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|
|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|
superior su·pe·ri·or (su-pēr'ē-ər)
Higher than another in rank, station, or authority.
Situated above or directed upward.
Situated nearer the top of the head.