Superclass

Definition:

A superclass is a class that has been extended by another class. It allows the extending class to inherit its state and behaviors.

Also Known As: base class, parent class

Examples:

Imagine you define a Person class:

 public class Person
{
} 

A new class can be created by extending this class:

 public class Employee extends Person
{
} 

The Person class is said to be the superclass of the Employee class.