of the highest kind or order:The dinner was superlative.
Grammarof or designating the highest degree of comparison of adjectives and adverbs, used to show the extreme or greatest in quality, quantity, or intensity, as in smallest, best, and most carefully, the superlative forms of small, good, and carefully. Compare comparative (def. 4),positive (def. 22).
of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme; extreme:superlative wisdom.
Grammarof, pertaining to, or noting the highest degree of the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, as smallest, best, and most carefully, the superlative forms of small, good, and carefully. Cf. comparative (def. 4), positive (def. 20).
being more than is proper or normal; exaggerated in language or style.
a superlative person or thing.
the utmost degree; acme.
the superlative degree.
a form in the superlative.
Late Latin, as above
Late Latin superlātīvus, equivalent. to Latin superlāt(us) hyperbolical (super-super- + -lātus, suppletive past participle of ferre to bear1) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English superlatif
Middle English 1350–1400
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged surpassing, excellent, magnificent, preeminent.
denoting the form of an adjective or adverb that expresses the highest or a very high degree of quality. In English the superlative degree is usually marked by the suffix -est or the word most, as in loudest or most loudly
(of language or style) excessive; exaggerated
a thing that excels all others or is of the highest quality
the superlative form of an adjective
the highest degree; peak
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French superlatif, via Late Latin from Latin superlātus extravagant, from superferre to carry beyond, from super- + ferre to bear