One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who holds extreme nationalist views; an ultranationalist.
2A person who advocates or supports political activity or governance at a level higher than that of the nation state. Compare sense B. 1. Now rare.
1Advocating political activity or governance at a level higher than that of the nation state; characteristic of supernationalism.
2That holds or advocates extreme nationalist views; designating or characteristic of such views; ultranationalistic.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Robert Lynd (1879–1949), journalist and essayist. From super- + nationalist.
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