When something is extraordinary, it’s super, like a movie that couldn't possibly be better or the super grade you got on your test: A+.

The adjective super is an abbreviated use of the prefix super-, which comes from the Latin super-, meaning “above,” “over,” or “beyond.” Super is another way to say "the best" — you are above the rest. Super can also describe something that's really big: the supermarket came along after little neighborhood shops; supermarkets are huge in comparison.

Definitions of super

n a caretaker for an apartment house; represents the owner as janitor and rent collector

Type of:
a custodian who is hired to take care of something (property or a person)

adj extremely large

“another super skyscraper”
big, large
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

adj including more than a specified category

“a super experiment”
including all or everything

adj of the highest quality

“a super party”
A-one, ace, crack, first-rate, tiptop, top-notch, topnotch, tops
of high or superior quality or performance

adv to an extreme degree

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