ex·​tra | \ ˈek-strə How to pronounce extra (audio) \

Definition of extra

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : more than is due, usual, or necessary : additional extra work In preparation for this weekend's competition, the team put in some extra hours.— Andrew King … has a large storage area for things like a tent, sleeping bag, mosquito netting, extra clothing, and an extra pair of boots.— Stephanie Fitzgerald
b : subject to an additional charge dessert is extra There is an entrance charge of €5 per person, and it's extra for sunbeds …— Eilis O'Hanlon
2 : superior extra quality
3 slang : going beyond what is usual or standard: such as
a : extremely or excessively elaborate : extravagant This Ontario mansion … is basically a mini castle and is so extra it even comes with a 16-foot waterfall.— Patrick John Gilson
b : characterized by dramatic or eccentric behavior : over-the-top … women who are seen as too fun, too brash, too extra, too loud …— Bonnie McLaren "So this is my dad," she [Annisa Simao] says. "If you know him, you know he's pretty goofy, … pretty extra."— Natalie B. Compton



Definition of extra (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : one that is extra or additional: such as
a : a special edition of a newspaper
b : an added charge
c : an additional worker specifically : one hired to act in a group scene in a motion picture or stage production
d : an attractive addition or accessory : frill cars loaded with extras
2 : something of superior quality or grade



Definition of extra (Entry 3 of 4)

: beyond the usual size, extent, or degree extra large



Definition of extra- (Entry 4 of 4)

: outside : beyond extrajudicial

Examples of extra in a Sentence

Adjective a sandwich with extra mayonnaise She got a part-time job to earn some extra money. He gave us an extra week to finish the job. There's no extra charge for breakfast. Noun The package deal includes some nice extras. Thousands of extras were hired for the battle scene. Adverb You have to pay $5 extra for room service. The food was extra good. The roads are slippery, so be extra careful. This is an extra special occasion. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hungary and Slovakia were given extra time to transition away from Russian oil. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Hit the road when there’s less traffic and allow extra time when traveling to your destination. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2022 The session had run long, but the couple wouldn’t be on the hook for the extra time; all participants are treated gratis. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Plus, unlike 30 other US states, New Jersey doesn’t charge EV owners extra fees intended to make up for the money the drivers no longer have to pay in gas taxes. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 14 May 2022 New York’s Jordan Adebayo-Smith tied the score in extra time at the end of the first half. Hartford Courant, 14 May 2022 Charlo claimed Castaño was trying to buy extra time to get in better shape and even made accusations about the Argentinian needing more time before taking mandatory drug tests. Matt Young, Chron, 13 May 2022 Bad credit can lead to higher interest rates on loans, costing you thousands of dollars in extra fees over the life of the loan. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Mint Mobile simplifies cell phone plans with low-cost monthly service and no extra fees. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some covers add air vents (a nice extra that keeps condensation off your grill, plus helps with wind control), and handles for easily sliding them on and off. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 4 May 2022 Long gloves proved to be a fashionable and practical pandemic extra. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 In Windows, OneDrive provides equally simple backup of your core data folders as well as the useful extra of Microsoft Office’s apps. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Four of them are for shorts; about half of them credit him as an unnamed extra. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Like most of us, Keke Palmer is a huge fan of HBO’s Insecure, and extra excited to see what unfolds in its fifth and final season. Essence, 1 Oct. 2021 Given how things have panned out with point guards in his two seasons in Phoenix, Ayton should be extra excited about Paul joining the team. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 3 Dec. 2020 With low unemployment and a shrinking labor force, employers in the Louisville region have to work extra hard to recruit and retain employees. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 Longoria needed to work extra hard during the winter to rehabilitate his shoulder and collarbone injury. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2022 The next-generation weapons are extra hard to shoot down because of their maneuverability, Cancian said. NBC News, 21 Mar. 2022 This exodus means that top companies in the city are working extra hard to attract — and retain — skilled workers. Michelle Toh And Lizzy Yee, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 About 80 percent of women brought up strategies such as hiding their bellies, working extra hard to prove they were dedicated or avoiding discussing their pregnancies. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2022 That said, these qualms could simply be symptomatic of the hall, which has a tendency toward throwing brass extra hard. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of extra


1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extra


probably short for extraordinary


Latin, from extra, adverb & preposition, outside, except, beyond, from exter being on the outside — more at exterior

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22 May 2022

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ex·​tra | \ ˈek-strə How to pronounce extra (audio) \

Kids Definition of extra

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: being more than what is usual, expected, or due I need extra help.



Kids Definition of extra (Entry 2 of 4)

: beyond the usual size, amount, or extent extra large eggs I took an extra long walk.



Kids Definition of extra (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : something additional The vacation package included some nice extras.
2 : an added charge
3 : a special edition of a newspaper
4 : a person hired for a group scene (as in a movie)



Kids Definition of extra-

: outside : beyond

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