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leftover

noun left·over \ ˈleft-ˌō-vər \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of leftover

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

Examples of leftover in a Sentence

  1. Are we having leftovers again?

  2. The law is a leftover from earlier times.

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First Known Use of leftover

1866

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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leftover

adjective

Definition of leftover

: not consumed or used
  • leftover food
  • leftover space

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First Known Use of leftover

1864

in the meaning defined above

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LEFTOVER Defined for English Language Learners

leftover

Definition of leftover for English Language Learners

  • leftovers : food that has not been finished at a meal and that is often served at another meal

  • : a thing that remains after something is finished or ended


LEFTOVER Defined for Kids

leftover

noun left·over \ ˈleft-ˌō-vər \

Definition of leftover for Students

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


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