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supernumerary

adjective su·per·nu·mer·ary \ ˌsü-pər-ˈnü-mə-ˌrer-ē , -ˈnyü- , -mə-rē ; -ˈn(y)üm-rē \

Definition of supernumerary

1 a :exceeding the usual, stated, or prescribed number
  • a supernumerary tooth
b :not enumerated among the regular components of a group and especially of a military organization
2 :exceeding what is necessary, required, or desired
3 :more numerous

Examples of supernumerary in a Sentence

  1. a third, supernumerary witness to the signing of the will

Did You Know?

Supernumerary starts off with the Latin prefix super-, "above". You may have heard of someone being born with supernumerary teeth, supernumerary fingers, or supernumerary toes. A supernumerary rainbow may show up as a faint line—red, green, or purple—just touching the main colored arc. Supernumerary is also a noun: A supernumerary is usually someone in a crowd scene onstage, otherwise known as an "extra" or a "spear-carrier".

Origin and Etymology of supernumerary

Late Latin supernumerarius, from Latin super- + numerus number

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supernumerary

noun

Definition of supernumerary

plural supernumeraries
1 :a supernumerary person or thing
2 :an actor employed to play a walk-on

First Known Use of supernumerary

1639

Other Performing Arts Terms


Medical Dictionary

supernumerary

adjective su·per·nu·mer·ary \ ˌsü-pər-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrer-ē, -ˈn(y)üm-(ə-)rē \

medical Definition of supernumerary

:exceeding the usual or normal number
  • supernumerary teeth
  • a supernumerary rib


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