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Meaning of SUPERNUMERARY

Pronunciation:  `soopur'noomu`reree

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a minor actor in crowd scenes
  2. [adj]  more than is needed, desired, or required; "trying to lose excess weight"; "found some extra change lying on the dresser"; "yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; "skills made redundant by technological advance"; "sleeping in the spare room"; "supernumerary ornamentation"; "it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; "delete superfluous (or unnecessary) words"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; "surplus cheese distributed to the needy"
 

SUPERNUMERARY is a 13 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: excess, extra, extra, redundant, spare, spear carrier, supererogatory, superfluous, surplus, unnecessary, unneeded
 
 See Also: actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Su`per*nu"mer*a*ry\, a. [L. supernumerarius: cf.
    OF. supernum['e]raire, F. surnum['e]raire. See {Super-}, and
    {Numerary}, {Number}.]
    1. Exceeding the number stated or prescribed; as, a
       supernumerary officer in a regiment.
    
    2. Exceeding a necessary, usual, or required number or
       quality; superfluous; as, supernumerary addresses;
       supernumerary expense. --Addison.
    
    
  2. \Su`per*nu"mer*a*ry\, n.; pl. {Supernumeraries}.
    1. A person or thing beyond the number stated.
    
    2. A person or thing beyond what is necessary or usual;
       especially, a person employed not for regular service, but
       only to fill the place of another in case of need;
       specifically, in theaters, a person who is not a regular
       actor, but is employed to appear in a stage spectacle.
    
    
 

 

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