[noo-muh-rer-ee, nyoo-]


of or relating to a number or numbers.

Nearby words

  1. numerable,
  2. numeracy,
  3. numeraire,
  4. numeral,
  5. numeral system,
  6. numerate,
  7. numeration,
  8. numerator,
  9. numerical,
  10. numerical analysis

Origin of numerary

1720–30; < Medieval Latin numerārius (Late Latin: arithmetician, accountant), equivalent to Latin numer(us) number + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for numerary

  • They granted him a considerable sum, at five livres five sous the mark, for fear the king should change the numerary value.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • About the same date Kempenfelt produced his own numerary code.

    British Flags|W. G. Perrin
  • A year or two later, probably in consultation with Kempenfelt, he drew up the first of his codes on the numerary system.

    British Flags|W. G. Perrin

British Dictionary definitions for numerary



of or relating to numbers
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