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

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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 Some folks even put it on their leftover turkey sandwiches the next day. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 27 Nov. 2019 This sweet and stylish tiled vase is an easy way to use leftover tile. Beth Eslinger, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 July 2021 Officers responded to a home Sept. 22 for a report of two brothers arguing about leftover food. cleveland, 3 Oct. 2021 This recipe is an excellent use of leftover chicken from a previous meal. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 15 Sep. 2021 Keep it vegetarian or add leftover chicken or fish. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2021 Yet some medical ethics experts caution that this system could reward those who are better equipped to track down leftover vaccine instead of prioritizing those most in need of protection. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 5 Mar. 2021 Securing leftover vaccine also would be unlikely at MetroHealth, spokesman Mike Tobin said. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 26 Feb. 2021 Any leftover chicken, beef or pork gets chopped up and added. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Port officials around the country also will be able to redirect leftover money from previous federal grants to new projects aimed at clearing bottlenecks, under a Department of Transportation initiative. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 10 Nov. 2021 Senior administration officials said Tuesday that the Transportation Department would allow port authorities to redirect any leftover money from grant projects to address the supply chain issues. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Nov. 2021 Once the leather has been colored, the leftover chemical solution can go on to contaminate rivers, soil and food. Leah Dolan, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 Senior administration officials said Tuesday that the Transportation Department would allow port authorities to redirect any leftover money from grant projects to address the supply chain issues. Josh Boak, ajc, 9 Nov. 2021 Cook sliced scallion whites and kimchi in a skillet until slightly softened, then add leftover whole grains and season with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, 8 Nov. 2021 The investigators were also able to collect a leftover slice of cake from the party for analysis. Victoria Forster, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Chicken enchiladas are an easy way to use up extra or leftover chicken. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 18 Oct. 2021 Both Godchaux and linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who spent last season in Miami before getting released, brushed off the idea of leveraging any leftover intel this week. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021

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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 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leftover

: 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


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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