Borrowed from Middle French suprême, from Latin supremus, superlative of superus (“that is above”). Doublet of supremo, and equivalent to super + -eme.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌs(j)uːˈpɹiːm/, /ˌs(j)ʊˈpɹiːm/, /ˌs(j)əˈpɹiːm/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌsuˈpɹim/, /səˈpɹiːm/
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- Rhymes: -iːm
supreme (comparative supremer or more supreme, superlative supremest or most supreme)
- Dominant, having power over all others.
- Synonyms: predominant, preponderant, regnant
- 2013 June 21, Karen McVeigh, “US rules human genes can't be patented”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 10:
- The US supreme court has ruled unanimously that natural human genes cannot be patented, a decision that scientists and civil rights campaigners said removed a major barrier to patient care and medical innovation.
- (sometimes postpositive) Greatest, most excellent, extreme, most superior, highest, or utmost.
- supreme disgust
- supreme courage
- 2021 February 9, Jenna Weissman Joselit, “Was Bugsy Siegel the ‘Supreme Gangster’? A Biography Makes the Case”, in The New York Times, →ISSN:
- But they will come away with an enhanced understanding of, and even sympathy for, the man who, according to at least one of his associates, was the “supreme gangster in the U.S., the top man … the big boss.”
- (botany) Situated at the highest part or point.
supreme (third-person singular simple present supremes, present participle supreming, simple past and past participle supremed)
- (transitive, cooking) To divide a citrus fruit into its segments, removing the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds.
supreme (plural supremes)
- The highest point.
- (cooking) A pizza having a large number of the most common toppings, such as pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives, etc.
- 2010, McSween et al., Things Bogans Like, Sydney: Hachette, page 117:
- Faced with a choice between the Supreme, the Hawaiian [...], the Capricciosa or the Meat Lovers', the bogan will invariably gravitate to the meal most likely to induce a fatal disease.
- (cooking) A breast of chicken or duck with the wing bone attached.
- (cooking) Anything from which all skin, bones, and other parts which are not eaten have been removed, such as a skinless fish fillet.
- “supreme”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “supreme”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- supreme at OneLook Dictionary Search
supreme (comparative plus supreme, superlative le plus supreme)
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