ex·​tra | \ ˈek-strə How to pronounce extra (audio) \

Definition of extra

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : 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



Definition of extra (Entry 2 of 4)

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



Definition of extra (Entry 3 of 4)

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



Definition of extra- (Entry 4 of 4)

: 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Just in a general sense speaking, an application cover letter is what is going to be the standard for when someone is applying to a job, and this expands on what's on your resume and adds extra details to it. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 Most studies are focused on the health benefits of black coffee, and do not take into account the extra sugars, creams, milks and processed additives that many people use in coffee. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 29 Sep. 2022 Kalif Raymond, who could fill in at the slot or on the outside, and Quintez Cephus, who can line up in either outside position, are the most likely recipients of extra snaps. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 29 Sep. 2022 An iPhone 15 Ultra with extra perks would also help Apple bump up the price of the 6.7-inch model and further raise the iPhone ASP next year. Chris Smith, BGR, 29 Sep. 2022 Rain from the night before made things extra slippery, adding another layer of difficulty. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 28 Sep. 2022 Jackson spent about 30 minutes signing autographs and taking selfies with the Marillac St. Vincent kids, giving extra gear to Allen’s team, which was the first to complete a $10,000 budget at a financial literacy class a night earlier. Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune, 28 Sep. 2022 McMichael also loves adding rhinestones as a final, extra-dimensional touch. Meirav Devash, Allure, 28 Sep. 2022 Yelich hasn't homered since hitting a 499-foot blast in Colorado on September 6 and has just eight extra-base hits in his last 25 games, good for a .298 slugging percentage. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some covers add air vents (a nice extra that keeps condensation off your grill, plus helps with wind control), and handles for easily sliding them on and off. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 4 May 2022 Long gloves proved to be a fashionable and practical pandemic extra. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 In Windows, OneDrive provides equally simple backup of your core data folders as well as the useful extra of Microsoft Office’s apps. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But the South Korean embassy in Venezuela, which also oversees relations with Suriname, posted a statement on Tuesday warning Korean residents in the region to be extra careful of their safety. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Sep. 2022 But with so much new equipment launching at once, the company needed to be extra careful that nothing was overlooked or went wrong. Wired, 11 Aug. 2022 Years of zero interest rates have caused havoc, but with the Federal Reserve raising short-term rates, investors should be extra careful shuffling money around. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 31 July 2022 Put yet another way, contrary to what some people might naturally think, police do not seem to be extra careful, understanding, or gentle in their dealings with disabled people. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 31 July 2022 When deleting data, be extra cautious, as this could lead to legal trouble. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2022 At the onset of working on Moonage Daydream, Morgen also suffered a near-fatal heart attack, which forced him to be extra cautious during the Covid-19 pandemic that also shut down production. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 27 July 2022 The Browns will be extra cautious with Ward, who signed a five-year extension in the offseason worth $100.5 million. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 24 July 2022 And in one of his three no-decisions, an extra-inning loss to Stanford, Hjerpe tossed eight scoreless innings and had 17 strikeouts — the most in college baseball this season and tied for the most in Oregon State history. oregonlive, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extra


1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extra


probably short for extraordinary


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

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ex·​tra | \ ˈek-strə How to pronounce extra (audio) \

Kids Definition of extra

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: being more than what is usual, expected, or due I need extra help.



Kids Definition of extra (Entry 2 of 4)

: beyond the usual size, amount, or extent extra large eggs I took an extra long walk.



Kids Definition of extra (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : something additional The vacation package included some nice extras.
2 : an added charge
3 : a special edition of a newspaper
4 : a person hired for a group scene (as in a movie)



Kids Definition of extra-

: outside : beyond

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