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 Broil until everything appears extra-crisp and golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. People Staff, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2022 While not large enough to account for the drop in gasoline prices, the extra supply from reserves might have helped stem the rise in pump prices, according to analysts. David Koenig, ajc, 11 Aug. 2022 Southwest Airlines recently went the extra mile for a passenger's milestone birthday. Fox News, 11 Aug. 2022 The extra momentum carried over at the start of the fourth quarter when Cunningham and Peddy shot back-to-back 3s for a five-point lead. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2022 IPAs have a few extra steps, like with dry-hopping and whirlpool-hopping. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 10 Aug. 2022 Omni-Wick and Omni-Shade tech is much-loved by outdoor enthusiasts for its practical niceties, like the moisture-wicking headband and mesh panel for extra breathability. Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 10 Aug. 2022 The triptychs link the earlier images to ones from the Rogovins' return visits to the neighborhood in the nineteen-eighties and nineties; the quartets feature an extra installment made in 2002, when Milton was ninety-two. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 10 Aug. 2022 During parts of the pandemic, Trader Joe’s took extra steps to protect its workforce. Lauren Kaori Gurley, BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 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 Those three Democrats share something of an everyman profile and also hail from states where Democrats may need to work extra hard to make working-class connections. Rick Klein, ABC News, 14 July 2022 Continuing to privilege bigger firms and more established technology could hit extra hard as the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates in the name of combating inflation. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 22 June 2022 Shoppers can choose from a slew of colors and patterns, including coral, light blue floral, leopard, and royal blue, all of which are available in sizes small through extra-large. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 22 Apr. 2022 Fast, Simple, Clear, and Quiet: The intuitive single-button control design thermometer reads the temperature in just 1 second from a clear bright extra-large LED screen, even in total darkness. Maren Estrada, BGR, 19 Apr. 2021 And be extra careful if the hot weather calls you to cool water. oregonlive, 26 June 2022 But what can't be ignored is this comes at a time when inflation is at a 40 year high, and the White House has to be extra careful on any kind of thing that involves with the economy, any kind of lever here, not to make the situation worse. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 Perishable food that's not kept cold enough may cause illness if it's eaten, even when thoroughly cooked, so be extra careful with those kinds of foods. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 14 June 2022 Zietlow-DeJesus stresses that nitazenes and fentanyl can be anywhere and to be extra careful when taking drugs from off the street if going to use. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, 4 May 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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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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