superior etymology

English word superior comes from Latin *eks-uper, Proto-Indo-European *uperi, Proto-Indo-European *eḱs, and later Latin summus (Highest, greatest, the most high.)

Detailed word origin of superior

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*eks-uper Latin (lat)
*uperi Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*eḱs Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) out of  , out, out of
super Latin (lat) Accusative [of measure] above, beyond, over, in addition to. Accusative [of place] above, beyond. Accusative [of place] above, on the top of, upon.
summus Latin (lat) Highest, greatest, the most high.
superior Latin (lat) Higher. Previous, preceding. Superior.
superior Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
superior English (eng) A person of higher rank or quality.. The senior person in a monastic community. (botany) Above the ovary; said of parts of the flower which, although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and so appear to originate from its upper part; also of an ovary when the other floral organs are plainly below it in position, and free from it.. (botany) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower [...]

Words with the same origin as superior

Descendants of *eks-uper
assure ensure soprano sovereign sum summary summer summit sup super superb superiority supernatural supervise supervisor supreme sure surround survey survival survive
Descendants of *uperi
superstition superstitious supervision surname surrender surveillance