supernumerary


1su·per·nu·mer·ary

adjective \ˌsü-pər-ˈnü-mə-ˌrer-ē, -ˈnyü-, -mə-rē; -ˈn(y)üm-rē\

Definition of SUPERNUMERARY

1
a :  exceeding the usual, stated, or prescribed number <a supernumerary tooth>
b :  not enumerated among the regular components of a group and especially of a military organization
2
:  exceeding what is necessary, required, or desired
3
:  more numerous

Examples of SUPERNUMERARY

  1. <a third, supernumerary witness to the signing of the will>

Origin of SUPERNUMERARY

Late Latin supernumerarius, from Latin super- + numerus number
First Known Use: 1605

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, tactical

2supernumerary

noun
plural supernumerar·ies

Definition of SUPERNUMERARY

1
:  a supernumerary person or thing
2
:  an actor employed to play a walk-on

First Known Use of SUPERNUMERARY

1639

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, zany

su·per·nu·mer·ary

adjective \ˌsü-pər-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrer-ē, -ˈn(y)üm-(ə-)rē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SUPERNUMERARY

: exceeding the usual or normal number <supernumerary teeth> <a supernumerary rib>

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