superior ( superiors plural )
1 adj If one thing or person is superiorto another, the first is better than the second.
oft ADJ to n (Antonym: inferior)
We have a relationship infinitely superior to those of many of our friends..., Long-term stock market investments have produced superior returns compared with cash deposits.
superiority n-uncount oft N over/to n
The technical superiority of laser discs over tape is well established.
2 adj If you describe something as superior, you mean that it is good, and better than other things of the same kind.
A few years ago it was virtually impossible to find superior quality coffee in local shops..., Lulu was said to be of very superior intelligence.
3 adj A superior person or thing is more important than another person or thing in the same organization or system.
oft ADJ to n
...negotiations between the mutineers and their superior officers...
4 n-count Your superior in an organization that you work for is a person who has a higher rank than you.
poss N (Antonym: subordinate)
Other army units are completely surrounded and cut-off from communication with their superiors...
5 adj If you describe someone as superior, you disapprove of them because they behave as if they are better, more important, or more intelligent than other people., (disapproval)
Finch gave a superior smile...
superiority n-uncount oft N over n
...a false sense of his superiority over mere journalists.
6 adj If one group of people has superior numbers to another group, the first has more people than the second, and therefore has an advantage over it. FORMAL The demonstrators fled when they saw the authorities' superior numbers...
If one side in a war or conflict has superiority , it has an advantage over its enemy, for example because it has more soldiers or better equipment.
FORMAL n-uncount oft N over/in n
The US will need a three-to-one superiority in forces to be sure of a successful attack..., We have air superiority.