left·​over | \ ˈleft-ˌō-vər How to pronounce leftover (audio) \

Definition of leftover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that remains unused or unconsumed especially : leftover food served at a later meal usually used in plural
2 : an anachronistic survival : vestige



Definition of leftover (Entry 2 of 2)

: not consumed or used leftover food leftover space

Synonyms for leftover

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of leftover in a Sentence

Noun Are we having leftovers again? The law is a leftover from earlier times.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The settlement requires the leftover funds to go to the ETF, Boozer said. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 22 July 2022 School officials wanted the council’s approval to shift nearly $33 million in leftover funds that were allocated for areas including student transportation, teacher salaries and special education. Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun, 7 June 2022 Improperly stored leftover rice and noodles contain a bacterium called Bacillus cereus. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2022 Shepherd’s pie, traditionally a way to use up leftover meat, is a delicious and comforting dish. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 19 Dec. 2021 The leftover soy sauce dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 month. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 21 Sep. 2021 Store the leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2021 Deadstock is the leftover fabric that designers donate. Jailynn Taylor, Essence, 17 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The existence of such a pattern supports the growing evidence that suggests the culprit behind FRBs is a neutron star, the leftover core of a once-giant star that has burned through its fuel. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 15 July 2022 Planck, another space observatory, was used to measure the cosmic microwave background, or the leftover radiation from the big bang 13.8 billion years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 23 May 2022 Another passenger offered a leftover doughnut to serve as a makeshift wedding cake, which the bride and groom split in half and fed to each other. Bymichelle Stoddart, ABC News, 28 Apr. 2022 Elsewhere, a scattering of diamonds on an abstract necklace recalled leftover snippets of ribbon or trim. Vogue, 7 June 2022 As a nod to the Pizza Swiss Steak, Alexis makes a charred tomato pan sauce in the leftover steak fat using grape tomatoes, shallots, and capers. Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 May 2022 The Republican governor offered his proposal in broad terms in January, after the state finished its budget year with leftover cash thanks largely to the waves of federal pandemic relief that flowed into the coffers of Maryland and other states. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, 17 Feb. 2022 Patchwork sport coats were originally made from leftover fabric scraps, and one of the style’s originators, The Andover Shop, continues to offer patchwork trousers and vests made by its in-house tailor. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 10 Mar. 2022 After killing 1:46 of a leftover penalty to open the third period, Medway/Ashland went on a scoring spree. Kevin Stone, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leftover


1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1864, in the meaning defined above

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“Leftover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leftover. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for leftover


left·​over | \ ˈleft-ˌō-vər How to pronounce leftover (audio) \

Kids Definition of leftover

: something (as food) left over We had leftovers for supper.

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