Meaning of UPPER in English



Pronunciation: ' ə -p ə r

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, comparative of 2 up

Date: 14th century

1 a : higher in physical position, rank, or order <the upper lip> < upper management> b : farther inland <the upper Mississippi>

2 : constituting the branch of a bicameral legislature that is usually smaller and more restricted in membership and possesses greater traditional prestige than the lower house

3 a : constituting a stratum relatively near the earth's surface b capitalized : being a later epoch or series of the period or system named < Upper Cretaceous> < Upper Paleolithic>

4 : NORTHERN < upper Manhattan>

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