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

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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
Without the extra tax revenue, Democrats say those increases would be impossible to support. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 But don’t be scared of its gripping qualities, this primer is also formulated with skin-friendly ingredients such as niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to add a bit of extra moisture, too. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2024 The alternative is needing to qualify for the playoffs through the NBA’s play-in tournament, as the seventh through 10th-place teams take part in those extra games to determine the final two playoff seeds in each conference. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 6 Apr. 2024 The seat isn't very wide, but the chair's construction is sturdy and supportive, with extra lumbar support and a headrest—features that can be hard to find in chairs as inexpensive as this. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 5 Apr. 2024 Places that saw a total eclipse that year attracted lots of visitors and extra road activity as evidenced by a photo from the Wyoming Department of Transportation included in a Federal Highway Administration document about eclipse preparations. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2024 Nobody knows when or if the Boss, 74, will hang it up for real, so just having an opportunity to be in the man’s presence for a few hours carries a bit of extra weight these days. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 5 Apr. 2024 The whiskey was bottled at 92 proof and is non-chill filtered, which allows some extra flavor to shine through on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2024 This new version is clearly a larger sistership to the 125-foot Azimut Grande Tri-deck, released in 2021, but the 44M looks more substantial and ship-like, thanks to its extra 20 feet of length. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2024
Noun
These days, White wears an anti-union sticker on his shirt and carries extras to hand out to whoever wants one. Stephan Bisaha, NPR, 5 Apr. 2024 Mechagodzilla, a metallic super-weapon beamed down from space by aliens who look like extras from Planet of the Apes, turned out to be more successful, and has been revived by both Toho and Legendary in subsequent films. Katie Rife, EW.com, 28 Mar. 2024 Higher trims will get extras like a noise-insulating acoustic windshield as well as heated and ventilated seats too, things not commonly found in mainstream-brand competitors. Alex Kwanten, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 In addition to the a la carte menu, diners can go the family-style route, a chance to try all the appetizers and, depending on the size of the party, one or more of the main courses and desserts plus some extras for $75 a person (provided the entire party participates). Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 Upgrades to Fiesta Club rooms get extras like free beachfront breakfasts, access to the infinity pool and views at the adults-only rooftop club, an exclusive restaurant, and resort discounts. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2024 Tickets during the sale include all taxes, fees, and carrier charges, but do not include extras like baggage. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2024 After making his film debut as an uncredited extra in Midnight Cowboy (1969), Walsh popped up in such notable features as Serpico (1973), The Gambler (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), Ordinary People (1980), Reds (1981), Cannery Row (1982) and Silkwood (1983). Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024 The fourth episode is built around a lavish party with dozens of extras, elaborate dance choreography, and both the size of the budget and the level of affection for the period are palpable throughout. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar. 2024
Adverb
Morgan Wallen Claps Back at Ex-Managers and 'Dark Side of the Music Business' with 'Spin You Around' Re-Recording Wallen is making his live dates extra special this year by bringing along an A-list cast of rotating openers. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 To make this outfit extra cool, slip the brand’s Halo Performance Hoodie over it when heading to a Pilates class or an early morning stroll. Jean Chen Smith, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2024 Though Beyoncé is often blonde, she's been extra blonde throughout the Renaissance and Cowboy Carter eras. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 2 Apr. 2024 It’s been a long time coming for founders Lyon Porter and Jersey Banks, who have created beautiful properties in Brooklyn, the Catskills, and Nashville, but there’s something extra special about this one, their first location in the West. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Apr. 2024 Puerto Rican rum is quite light in general, and in this case, that’s where the cask finish is extra beneficial. Tony Sachs, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2024 It’s infused with avocado oil, a rich source of vitamin E, which prevents hair loss, seals the hair cuticle, dials up your natural shine, and makes your tresses extra smooth. Jenn Barthole, Glamour, 29 Mar. 2024 Her 12-year-old, Michael, is 6-foot-4 and wears a men’s 15 extra wide shoe. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2024 With nearly 4,000 five-star ratings and sizes ranging from small to extra large, the cherry on top might just be its affordable price tag. Asia London Palomba, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2024

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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 17 Apr. 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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