Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An article or a product of superior size, quality, or grade.
  • n. Informal A superintendent in an apartment or office building.
  • n. Informal A supernumerary.
  • n. Printing A thin starched cotton mesh used to reinforce the spines and covers of books.
  • adj. Informal Very large, great, or extreme: "yet another super Skyscraper” ( Dylan Thomas).
  • adj. Informal Excellent; first-rate: a super party.
  • adv. Informal Especially; extremely: a super accurate missile; was super careful.
  • transitive v. Printing To reinforce (a book spine or cover) with super.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of excellent quality, superfine.
  • adj. better than average, better than usual; wonderful.
  • adv. Very; extremely (used like the prefix super-).
  • n. Abbreviation of superintendent in the sense of a building's resident manager, sometimes clarified as "building super".
  • n. Short form of superannuation, the Australian/New Zealand retirement benefits or pension scheme.
  • n. An empty box placed above the existing boxes of the beehive in order to allow the colony to expand or store additional honey.
  • v. To add or to place a super atop the existing boxes of the beehive.
  • n. superhero.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A contraction of supernumerary, in sense 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A prefix of Latin origin, meaning ‘over, above, beyond’: equivalent to hyper- of Greek origin, or over- of English origin.
  • n. A supernumerary; specifically, a supernumerary actor.
  • n. A superhive. See bar super, under bar.
  • n. A superintendent.
  • n. One of the medium or middle sorts of a fleece of wool.
  • n. An abbreviation of superior
  • n. of superfine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to an extreme degree
  • adj. of the highest quality
  • adj. including more than a specified category
  • adj. extremely large
  • n. a caretaker for an apartment house; represents the owner as janitor and rent collector

Etymologies

From super-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From superfine (Wiktionary)
From superintendent (Wiktionary)
From superannuation (Wiktionary)
Shortened form of superhive. (Wiktionary)
Shortened form of superhero. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The International Space Nomenclature Council today adopted the term ‘emplacements de hauts gravité super’ – or ’super high gravity locations’ – as the official replacement name for black holes.

    Black Hole Given Less Offensive Name | Impact Lab

  • I don't particularly like the term "super tutor", which I hear used more and more by the parents who hire me to work with their children.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Columbia University professor William T. R. Fox coined the term super power in 1944, primarily to describe the British Empire and Commonwealth; a common myth is that the United States assumed “the leadership of the world,” “replacing” the British Empire in 1947 by aiding Greece.

    Magic and Mayhem

  • I've been around for awhile, but I think the term super-senior is inappropriately snarky!

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  • Or did he see a way to entrench Roe more securely than if he'd talked about the term super stare decisis?

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  • DC & Marvel hold a joint *trademark* to the term super-hero for use in publications, and have held it for many years.

    Who owns 'Super-Hero'?

  • A meal that brings new meaning to the term super size.

    CNN Transcript Jun 22, 2004

  • M. O'BRIEN: Gives new meaning to the term super size.

    CNN Transcript Mar 26, 2004

  • Last year we got to hear some awesome new material by newly formed bands, whose members were super, duper musicians, hence the term super ...

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  • If you are not familiar with the term super armor, super armour is when, say Ike uses Aether.

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