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

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 The period between the end of the college football season and the NFL Draft involves a lot of extracurricular activities for the players transitioning to the pros. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 1 May 2022 The Indianapolis siblings were both straight-A students at Robey Elementary School and excelled in their extracurricular activities, according to a statement from their family. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2022 Eighth-graders will have the opportunity to sign up for classes, meet current West Side Leadership Academy teachers, students and administration, and learn about sports and other extracurricular activities offered at the high school. Chicago Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Students traded their extracurricular activities, sports games and parties for endless Zoom meetings and masks. Orlando Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2022 Recent grads that don't have a lot of work or internship experience and are looking to fill out their resume can add volunteer involvement, related extracurricular activities, and applicable projects. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 Representatives from the school district’s enrollment team also will be on site enrolling students for next school year and sharing information about academic enrichment and extracurricular activities available at all school buildings. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 19 Apr. 2022 In Kansas, the state association overseeing extracurricular activities for grades 7 through 12 says it has been notified of only six or seven transgender athletes in those grades. NBC News, 18 Apr. 2022 Walker's high school career has included plenty of extracurricular activities, such as varsity football, the science club and the International Baccalaureate program. Maria Jimenez Moya, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extracurricular

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2022

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“Extracurricular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extracurricular. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for extracurricular


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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