ex·​tra·​cur·​ric·​u·​lar | \ ˌek-strə-kə-ˈri-kyə-lər How to pronounce extracurricular (audio) \

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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Other Words from extracurricular

extracurricular noun

Examples of extracurricular in a Sentence

hired a private detective to investigate her husband's extracurricular activities
Recent Examples on the Web Green factors include student assignment, faculty hiring, extracurricular activities, student transportation and discipline. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Huntsville chips away at 57-year-old school desegregation order," 12 Jan. 2020 Don’t talk about any extracurricular, that’s just it. BostonGlobe.com, "Spain advances to World Cup semifinals," 11 Sep. 2019 SFFA’s filing includes a report by Peter Arcidiacono, a Duke University economist, that delves into the process by which Harvard rates applicants in five main categories: academic, extracurricular, athletic, personal, and overall. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Harvard's Impossible Personality Test," 19 June 2018 The importance of extracurricular activities can't be understated. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "How to help homeless students around the holidays and beyond," 21 Dec. 2019 All three have an impressive list of academic achievements and extracurricular activities in which they are involved. cleveland, "A Christmas ode to Olmsted Falls: Olmsted Dates and Data," 13 Dec. 2019 Students enrolled at the Virtual School can participate in extracurricular activities at the traditional school where they would be otherwise zoned to attend. al, "From car dealership to education: Trendy virtual school opens," 10 Dec. 2019 But of course, that also means later end times, and school administrators say this affects extracurricular activities and after-school jobs. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "What times do you think school should start and end?," 9 Dec. 2019 PTOs often raise funds on the behalf of schools to finance field trips and extracurricular activities. USA TODAY, "First Spouse Dolls, Snowstang, sand sculpture: News from around our 50 states," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of extracurricular

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2020

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“Extracurricular.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extracurricular. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce extracurricular (audio) \

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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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