Definition of superb in English:



  • 1Very good; excellent.

    ‘a superb performance’
    • ‘The play is gripping, its cast superb and the setting a wonder of both simplicity and complication.’
    • ‘He is a truly superb sketch artist, deftly drawing faces for names in the minimum number of lines possible.’
    • ‘I once gardened on a city terrace where my next door neighbour was a superb gardener by the name of Miss Jean Harvey.’
    • ‘Tamara is tall and beautiful and a superb horsewoman, so I felt kind of warm all over.’
    • ‘The cast, without exception, is superb, with Moore the pick of the bunch as the dutiful housewife.’
    • ‘Walter Schreifels has once again made a superb album with a superb band.’
    • ‘Simply a fantastic and enthralling end to a superb album.’
    • ‘The Life of Billy Graham is a superb exploration into one of the nation's most recognizable names.’
    • ‘The acting is superb, the script a delight, and the direction far better than I would have given Burton credit for.’
    • ‘The book is a superb introduction to a topic that's bound to attract increasing attention in the years to come.’
    • ‘Superb, just superb use of the server hardware image section.’
    • ‘Both the writing and the performances are superb.’
    • ‘The towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are full of romance, intriguing architecture and superb restaurants.’
    • ‘But that's a minor complaint when the overall result is so full of delightful contrasts and superb songwriting.’
    • ‘For those in the know, this was a superb opportunity to see Adam Duritz and his Counting Crows ensemble up close and personal at a private gig, in London.’
    • ‘He is a superb ballet dancer, yet here attempts to combine his enchanting talent with modern Cuban movement.’
    • ‘It's not a work you find programmed or recorded a lot, although it has attracted many superb pianists.’
    • ‘Despite this minor flaw, the audio presentation is superb and the packaging beautifully done.’
    • ‘These interviews are superb, loaded with fascinating trivia and insights that are truly unique.’
    • ‘Doyle also makes superb use of cryptic symbolism.’
    • ‘He was a superb teacher and a delightful human being.’
    • ‘The music takes the energy of punk into magnificently artful places, and the lyrics are often superb.’
    excellent, superlative, first-rate, first-class, superior, supreme, outstanding, remarkable, dazzling, marvellous, magnificent, wonderful, splendid, admirable, noteworthy, impressive, fine, exquisite, exceptional, glorious, sublime, perfect, of the first order, of the first water
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  • 2Impressively splendid.

    ‘the Bey of Tunis was building himself a superb mausoleum’
    • ‘Süleyman adorned his empire with numerous superb buildings, most of them built by his great architect Sinan, who continued his work under Selim II and Murat III.’
    • ‘Technically it really is superb, with breathtaking landscape tableaux and settings, seamlessly meshing cyber-geography with the New Zealand locations.’
    • ‘As Mandryka, the mysterious stranger, Thomas Hampson made a big impression in his Act I entrance, complete with a superb fur coat.’
    • ‘It looks superb in High Definition with the rich colours of the African plains complementing the superb level of detail of the animals' faces and bodies.’
    • ‘Visually this is all superb and the sight of the Statue of Liberty getting frozen is chilling.’
    • ‘Based on the 18-year-old stage musical, The Phantom Of The Opera is a considerably flawed, yet visually superb, tale of beauty, beast and love.’
    • ‘With its bright interior, secure setting and superb location, this property should attract plenty of viewers.’
    • ‘Impressions Games can be trusted to make the game look superb and with Zeus, they did just that.’
    • ‘Renvyle House Hotel has an idyllic setting, with its own stretch of beach, superb grounds including a croquet lawn, and rambling but beautifully maintained gardens.’
    • ‘Painted by Lippo and not Simone, the Guidoriccio remains a superb work of art and a glorious monument to Siena's Golden Age.’
    • ‘‘I am attracted to it because it is really beautiful, a superb piece of craftsmanship,’ she says.’
    • ‘The game's graphics are stupendous, amazing, superb, and outstanding - choose your favorite.’
    • ‘The art of death has never been so compelling, so entertaining (and, at times, so hilarious) as in these superb north Italian monumental cemeteries.’
    magnificent, majestic, splendid, grand, impressive, imposing, awe-inspiring, breathtaking
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    1. 2.1 Used in names of birds with attractive or colourful plumage, e.g. superb lyrebird.


Mid 16th century (in superb (sense 2)): from Latin superbus ‘proud, magnificent’.