Definition of superfine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsuːpəfʌɪn//suːpəˈfʌɪn/


  • 1Of especially high quality.

    ‘superfine cotton shirtings’
    • ‘Another book has a meticulously maintained list of superfine mats gifted to VVIPs and dignitaries including Presidents, Prime Ministers and Governors.’
  • 2(of fibres or an instrument) very thin.

    ‘superfine tweezers’
    • ‘The Rolls Royce of them all was surely broadcloth, which in the eighteenth century was a superfine grade of woolen cloth that was fulled, or shrunk, napped, and shorn so that it was the consistency of felt but with a smooth surface.’
    • ‘According to the visit that a representative of the Board of Commerce made to the RTFE, in 1767 there were 30 textile mills of fine cloths, superfine cloths and serge, in which 150 people were employed.’
    • ‘Charney is also determined to make a deeper niche within that niche category, by focusing on more fashionable, more fitted basic T-shirts done in 100 percent combed cotton, 30 single yarn baby ribs and superfine jerseys.’
    • ‘Using beads, sequins and hand woven superfine cotton saris in fluorescent colours that Kanchan had taken with her from India, the two began work together almost immediately.’
    • ‘The superfine size and shape of feathers make them particularly well suited to filtration needs.’
    • ‘Those who suffer from asthma and hayfever will be happy to note that the ventilation system includes superfine filters which remove microscopic dust and pollen particles.’
    1. 2.1 Consisting of especially small particles.
      ‘superfine face powder’
      • ‘Before applying the clear topcoat, buff the surface with a superfine abrasive pad or 20-grit sandpaper - do not use steel wool, which can leave behind fine particles that will rust.’
      • ‘But any coffee enthusiast will quickly allege that blade grinders are rife with problems - they grind unevenly and produce too much superfine coffee dust, and the friction from the blades overheats the coffee grounds.’
      • ‘There are also superfine abrasive papers that can be used in place of the above methods.’
      • ‘From China; a high-fired, superfine clay; sometimes mixed with quartz or metal; very fragile, but can hold water.’
      • ‘For the record, our sugars are regular white granulated, fructose, light brown, superfine, palm, powdered, turbinado, muscovado, and demerara.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘excessively elegant’): from super- ‘to a high degree’ + fine.