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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (better)
a. superior
Nuestra carne es superior porque nuestras vacas no son criadas en lotes de engorde.Our meat is superior because our cows are not raised in feedlots.
2. (of good quality)
a. excellent
Este vino está bien, pero el que trajiste es superior.This wine is okay, but the one you brought is excellent.
3. (above)
a. top
Yo vivo en la planta baja. Mi amigo vive en el piso superior.I live on the first floor. My friend lives on the top floor.
b. upper
Intenta tocar la melodía en registro superior.Try and play the melody in the upper register.
4. (religious)
a. superior
Mi hermano es el monje superior del monasterio local.My brother is the superior monk of the local monastery.
5. (more numerous)
a. superior
Aunque eran superiores en número, las tropas británicas fueron derrotadas.Although they were superior in number, the British troops were defeated.
6. (of greater level)
a. higher
Mi abogado cree que el tribunal superior va a rechazar mi apelación.My lawyer believes the higher court will deny my appeal.
b. advanced
El ejército enemigo tiene tecnología superior y más recursos.The enemy army has advanced technology and more resources.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
7. (boss)
a. superior
Mi superior me hace ir a trabajar incluso cuando estoy enfermo.My superior makes me go to work even when I'm sick.
8. (religious)
a. superior
El superior de la abadía está a cargo del proyecto de construcción del monasterio.The superior of the abbey is in charge of the monastery building project.
b. mother superior (feminine)
La superiora dijo que iba a rezar por mi esposo enfermo.The mother superior said she will pray for my sick husband.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. superior
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (general)
a. superior, mother superior
1 (más alto) [+estante, línea] top; [+labio, mandíbula] upper
vive en el piso superior he lives on the top floor; en la parte superior de la página at the top of the page; el cuadrante superior izquierdo the top left quadrant
2 (mejor) superior; better
ser superior a algo to be superior to sth; be better than sth; sentirse superior a algn to feel superior to sb
3 (excelente)
la orquesta estuvo superior the orchestra was top-quality o top-class; una moqueta de calidad superior a superior quality o top-quality carpet
Vinos de La Rioja. Calidad superior
4 [+cantidad]
cualquier número superior a doce any number above o higher than twelve; nos son muy superiores en número they greatly outnumber us
5 (en categoría) [+animal, especie] higher
una casta superior a higher caste; tiene un cargo superior al tuyo he has a higher-ranking post than yours
6 (Educación) [+curso, nivel] advanced; [+enseñanza] higher
(en rango) superior
mis superiores my superiors
superiora superiora (Religión)
superior/mother superior
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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