Supernumerary (adjective, noun)
supernumerary [ soo-per-noo-muh-rer-ee, -nyoo- ]
1. being in excess of the usual, proper, or prescribed number; additional; extra.
2. associated with a regular body or staff as an assistant or substitute in case of necessity.
noun, plural su·per·nu·mer·ar·ies.
3. a supernumerary or extra person or thing.
4. a supernumerary official or employee.
5. a person who appears in a play or film without speaking lines or as part of a crowd; walk-on; extra.
WORDS RELATED TO SUPERNUMERARY
excess, extra, additional, effusive, exaggerated, superfluous
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Origin: From the Late Latin word supernumerārius, dating back to 1595–1605. See super-, numerary
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR SUPERNUMERARY
It is highly interesting to see in what way the supernumerary eggs of the queen are disposed of.
LANGSTROTH ON THE HIVE AND THE HONEY-BEE|L. L. LANGSTROTH
He threw up lectures and joined our battalion as a supernumerary.
THE RED WATCH|J. A. CURRIE
We had eight Ambassadors at the peace of Munster; one for each Province, and one supernumerary.
THE DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENCE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION|VARIOUS
Then he took snuff, and had a supernumerary calico handkerchief?
MCCLURE'S MAGAZINE, VOL. 1, NO. 1, JUNE 1893|VARIOUS
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