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Dont le dans la catégorieENGLISH - ETYMOLOGY
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English - Etymology

From Middle English _superlatyf_, from Old French _superlatif_, from Late Latin _superlātīvus_, from Latin _superlātus_ (“extravagant, of hyperbole”), past participle of _superfero_ (“carry over”), from _super_ (“above”) + _fero_ (“bear, carry”).

From Middle English superlatyf, from Old French superlatif, from Late Latin superlātīvus, from Latin superlātus (extravagant, of hyperbole), past participle of superfero (carry over), from super (above) + fero (bear, carry).

Dont le dans la catégorieENGLISH - PRONUNCIATION
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English - Pronunciation

* (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /suːˈpɜː.lə.tɪv/, /sjuːˈpɜː.lə.tɪv/ * (US) IPA(key): /suˈpɝː.lə.tɪv/

Dont le dans la catégorieENGLISH - NOUN
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English - Noun

SUPERLATIVE (_plural_ SUPERLATIVES) * The highest extent or degree of something. * (grammar) The form of an adjective that expresses which of more than two items has the highest degree of the quality expressed by the adjective; in English, formed by appending "-est" to the end of the adjective (for some short adjectives only) or putting "most" before it. _The SUPERLATIVE of "big" is "biggest"._ * (informal) An adjective used to praise something exceptional. _Daniel is amazing, wonderful, fantastic, and many other SUPERLATIVES I can’t think of right now!_ SYNONYMS * (highest degree): acme, peak RELATED TERMS * superlative degree TRANSLATIONS

superlative (plural superlatives)

  1. The highest extent or degree of something.
  2. (grammar) The form of an adjective that expresses which of more than two items has the highest degree of the quality expressed by the adjective; in English, formed by appending "-est" to the end of the adjective (for some short adjectives only) or putting "most" before it.
    The superlative of "big" is "biggest".
  3. (informal) An adjective used to praise something exceptional.
    Daniel is amazing, wonderful, fantastic, and many other superlatives I can’t think of right now!

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Dont le dans la catégorieENGLISH - ADJECTIVE
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English - Adjective

SUPERLATIVE (_not comparable_) * Exceptionally good; of the highest quality; superb. * (grammar) Of or relating to a superlative. USAGE NOTES Rather formal, reflecting its Latin etymology; more colloquial alternatives include exceptional, fabulous, above and beyond, and others. SYNONYMS * (exceptionally good): above and beyond, exceptional, extraordinary, superb TRANSLATIONS

superlative (not comparable)

  1. Exceptionally good; of the highest quality; superb.
  2. (grammar) Of or relating to a superlative.

Usage notes

Rather formal, reflecting its Latin etymology; more colloquial alternatives include exceptional, fabulous, above and beyond, and others.

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Dont le dans la catégorieENGLISH - SEE ALSO
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English - See Also

* absolute * comparative * elative

Dont le dans la catégorieFRENCH - ADJECTIVE
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French - Adjective

SUPERLATIVE * feminine form of _superlatif_

superlative

  1. feminine form of superlatif

Dont le dans la catégorieITALIAN - ADJECTIVE
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Italian - Adjective

SUPERLATIVE * feminine plural of _superlativo_

superlative

  1. feminine plural of superlativo


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