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

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Sabrina Benayoun, a senior at Jericho High School, had her pick of about 30 Advanced Placement classes, more than 50 extracurricular clubs and field trips to Quebec and Paris. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Two New York School Districts Sit Close By, but Far Apart in Resources," 13 Mar. 2019 Abroad Graduation means freedom from classwork, exams, teachers, and extracurricular activities. Teen Vogue, "What To Do After High School: 9 Things To Do Besides College," 4 Apr. 2019 Colombian schools refuse to add tejo as an extracurricular while parents push their children into more sober endeavors like soccer and cycling. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Wants to Boost Its National Sport. That Might Mean Less Beer.," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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