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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Examples from the Web for extracurricular

Contemporary Examples of extracurricular

Historical Examples of extracurricular

  • But he didn't like the idea of any extracurricular work, especially with other Gods.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Thus it was that a very large part of the activities of the teachers were what we call "extracurricular."

  • My extracurricular research consumed the better part of my evenings.

    Each Man Kills

    Victoria Glad

British Dictionary definitions for extracurricular



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

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

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