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Etymology

From Middle English superlatyf from Old French superlatif from Late Latin superlātīvus from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] superlātus (extravagant, of hyperbole), past participle of superfero (carry over) from super (above) + fero (bear, carry).

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /suːˈpɜː.lə.tɪv/, /sjuːˈpɜː.lə.tɪv/, SAMPA: /su:"p3:(r).l@.tIv/
  • (US) IPA: /suːˈpɝː.lə.tɪv/, /sjuːˈpɝː.lə.tɪv/
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Noun

Singular
superlative

Plural
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superlative ({{{1}}})
  1. The highest extent or degree of something.
  2. (grammar) The form of an adjective that expresses which of more than two items has the highest degree of the quality expressed by the adjective; in English, formed by appending "-est" to the end of the adjective (for some short adjectives only) or putting "most" before it.
    The superlative of "big" is "biggest"
  3. (informal) An adjective used to praise something exceptional.
    Lincoln is amazing, wonderful, fantastic, and many other superlatives I can’t think of right now!

Synonyms

Translations

Adjective

superlative (not comparable)

Positive
superlative

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Exceptionally good; of the highest quality; superb.
  2. (grammar) Of or relating to a superlative.

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Italian

Adjective

superlative f.

  1. Feminine plural form of superlativo

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