ex·​tra·​cur·​ric·​u·​lar ˌek-strə-kə-ˈri-kyə-lər How to pronounce extracurricular (audio)
: 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
: lying outside one's regular duties or routine
extracurricular noun

Examples of extracurricular in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of extracurricular was in 1885

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“Extracurricular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extracurricular. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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ex·​tra·​cur·​ric·​u·​lar ˌek-strə-kə-ˈrik-yə-lər How to pronounce extracurricular (audio)
: of or relating to those activities (as athletics) that are offered by a school but are not part of the course of study

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