extra

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adjective

ex·​tra ˈek-strə How to pronounce extra (audio)
1
a
: more than is due, usual, or necessary : additional
extra work
In preparation for this weekend's competition, the team put in some extra hours.Andrew King
… has a large storage area for things like a tent, sleeping bag, mosquito netting, extra clothing, and an extra pair of boots.Stephanie Fitzgerald
b
: subject to an additional charge
dessert is extra
There is an entrance charge of €5 per person, and it's extra for sunbeds …Eilis O'Hanlon
2
: superior
extra quality
3
slang : going beyond what is usual or standard: such as
a
: extremely or excessively elaborate : extravagant
This Ontario mansion … is basically a mini castle and is so extra it even comes with a 16-foot waterfall.Patrick John Gilson
b
: characterized by dramatic or eccentric behavior : over-the-top
… women who are seen as too fun, too brash, too extra, too loud …Bonnie McLaren
"So this is my dad," she [Annisa Simao] says. "If you know him, you know he's pretty goofy, … pretty extra."Natalie B. Compton

extra

2 of 4

noun

1
: one that is extra or additional: such as
a
: a special edition of a newspaper
b
: an added charge
c
: an additional worker
specifically : one hired to act in a group scene in a motion picture or stage production
d
: an attractive addition or accessory : frill
cars loaded with extras
2
: something of superior quality or grade

extra

3 of 4

adverb

: beyond the usual size, extent, or degree
extra large

extra-

4 of 4

prefix

: outside : beyond
extrajudicial

Examples of extra in a Sentence

Adjective a sandwich with extra mayonnaise She got a part-time job to earn some extra money. He gave us an extra week to finish the job. There's no extra charge for breakfast. Noun The package deal includes some nice extras. Thousands of extras were hired for the battle scene. Adverb You have to pay $5 extra for room service. The food was extra good. The roads are slippery, so be extra careful. This is an extra special occasion.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
According to the study, life expectancy in 1929 for children with Down syndrome, a condition caused by an extra partial or full chromosome, was 9 years. Katie Hunt, CNN, 27 June 2024 Since last summer, managers have scheduled extra staffers to build a cushion for callouts, particularly on days where they’re braced for absences, such as Super Bowl Sunday. Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2024
Noun
Ultimately, the biggest challenge for these high-tech extras is space. Sophie Aliece Hollis, Architectural Digest, 25 June 2024 Borderlands 2: The Bundle contains the Game of the Year Edition plus a season pass with scads of extras, all for less than $25. Stackcommerce Team (sponsored), PCMAG, 24 June 2024
Adverb
People taking SSRIs should know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and should be extra cautious about staying cool this summer, experts said. Cathy Cassata, Health, 28 June 2024 Photo Gallery What’s extra impressive about Inside Out 2 exceeding the 2015 original film’s full global run in such a short window is that the first movie’s total includes Russia, where Hollywood titles have not been releasing since early 2022. Nancy Tartaglione, Deadline, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for extra 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

probably short for extraordinary

Prefix

Latin, from extra, adverb & preposition, outside, except, beyond, from exter being on the outside — more at exterior

First Known Use

Adjective

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extra was in 1757

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Cite this Entry

“Extra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extra. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

extra

1 of 4 adjective
ex·​tra ˈek-strə How to pronounce extra (audio)
: more than is due, usual, or necessary

extra

2 of 4 noun
: something extra: as
a
: a special edition of a newspaper
b
: a person hired to act in a group scene (as in a movie)

extra

3 of 4 adverb
: beyond the usual size, extent, or degree
extra long
extra large eggs

extra-

4 of 4 prefix
: outside : beyond
extracurricular
Etymology

Prefix

derived from Latin extra "outside, beyond" — related to strange

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