ex·​tra·​cur·​ric·​u·​lar | \ ˌek-strə-kə-ˈri-kyə-lər \

Definition of extracurricular

1 : not falling within the scope of a regular curriculum specifically : of or relating to officially or semiofficially approved and usually organized student activities (such as athletics) connected with school and usually carrying no academic credit extracurricular sports
2a : lying outside one's regular duties or routine

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extracurricular noun

Examples of extracurricular in a Sentence

hired a private detective to investigate her husband's extracurricular activities

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In decades past, packages weren’t arriving daily, people weren’t working from home and from an office, parents weren’t asked to bring items to school each month, and kids didn’t participate in as many extracurricular activities. Nicole Anzia, The Seattle Times, "5 ideas for dream storage spaces," 7 Jan. 2019 Remarque has a remarkable aptitude for sketching scenes of barracks life and extracurricular escapades. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "An Antiwar Classic That Knew No Borders," 7 Dec. 2018 Students who have been diagnosed are asked to stay in their rooms and not attend classes or extracurricular activities. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Colleges Try to Stop Spread of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease," 19 Oct. 2018 Zoey agrees to help with the show for the kind of extracurricular credit that looks good on prestige university applications; Ka-ho is given the choice of helping out or expulsion. Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Distinction' ('Fei tung faan heung'): Film Review," 27 June 2018 How the universities see themselves Different factors matter to different students, and a student's choice to attend a specific school include financial, academic, extracurricular and personal considerations. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Which Arizona university is the best? It depends which rankings you value," 26 June 2018 The scholarships were awarded based on extracurricular participation and contributions to the community. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 1 June 2018 To participate in extracurricular classes, inmates must have at least a GED diploma and must be free of disciplinary offenses. Bowen West, idahostatesman, "New sentences: Creative writing program allows Idaho inmates to find their voices | Idaho Statesman," 9 May 2018 Restricting field trips, extracurricular and after-school trips is projected to save another $1.5 million. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Amid $45 million budget crisis, IPS options could include teacher layoffs," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of extracurricular

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of extracurricular

—used to describe extra activities (such as sports) that can be done by the students in a school but that are not part of the regular schedule of classes


ex·​tra·​cur·​ric·​u·​lar | \ ˌek-strə-kə-ˈri-kyə-lər \

Kids Definition of extracurricular

: relating to activities (as athletics) that are offered by a school but are not part of the course of study

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