superlative Definition

  • 1of the highest quality or degree
  • 2expressing the highest degree of a quality
  • 3a word or form that expresses the highest degree of a quality, such as 'best' or 'greatest'

Using superlative: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "superlative" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The view from the top of the mountain was superlative.

  • Example

    She received a superlative performance review from her boss.

  • Example

    The word 'best' is a superlative adjective.

  • Example

    He won the award for the superlative athlete of the year.

superlative Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for superlative

Antonyms for superlative

Idioms Using superlative

  • the best, superior to all others


    Her cooking skills are second to none.

  • the best of a group


    The students in the advanced class are the cream of the crop.

  • the highest quality or level


    The new car is top of the line with all the latest features.

Phrases with superlative

  • a grammatical form expressing the highest degree of a quality


    The superlative form of 'good' is 'best'.

  • the highest degree of comparison in a language's grammar


    In English, the superlative degree is formed by adding '-est' to the end of an adjective.

  • the highest level of excellence or superiority in a particular quality


    The superlative quality of his work earned him a promotion.

Origins of superlative

from Latin 'superlativus', meaning 'exaggerated'


Summary: superlative in Brief

The term 'superlative' [suːˈpɜːrlətɪv] refers to the highest quality or degree, often expressed through words like 'best' or 'greatest.' It can describe a range of things, from views to performance reviews, and extends into phrases like 'second to none' and 'cream of the crop,' denoting the best of a group. 'Superlative' is used in grammar to describe the highest degree of comparison, as in 'The superlative form of 'good' is 'best.''