One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Write or print (an inscription) at the top of or on the outside of a document.address, labelView synonyms
- 1.1 Write or print an inscription at the top of or on the outside of (a document)‘he invariably will want to superscribe the memo with one of his banal mottoes’
- ‘Kindly superscribe ‘Disunity ‘on the envelope if you are sending it by post.’’
- 1.2 Write or print (a letter, word, symbol, or line of writing or printing) above an existing letter, word, or line.
- 1.1 Write or print an inscription at the top of or on the outside of (a document)
Late 15th century: from Latin superscribere, from super- ‘over’ + scribere ‘write’.
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