outside the regular curriculum or program of courses: football, orchestra, and other extracurricular activities.
outside one's regular work, responsibilities, or routine.
Informal. outside the conventional bounds of propriety or ethics: Does his wife know he has an extracurricular girlfriend?

Origin of extracurricular

First recorded in 1920–25; extra- + curricular
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Related Words for extra-curricular

illicit, cheating, immoral, speedy, two-faced, two-timing, unchaste, moonlighting

Examples from the Web for extra-curricular

Contemporary Examples of extra-curricular

Historical Examples of extra-curricular

  • Though afternoon farmwork occupied most of the pupils' spare time, some extra-curricular activities were also offered.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

British Dictionary definitions for extra-curricular



taking place outside the normal school timetableextracurricular activities
beyond the regular duties, schedule, etc
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Word Origin and History for extra-curricular



1925, from extra- + curricular (see curriculum).

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