being in excess of the usual, proper, or prescribed number; additional; extra.
associated with a regular body or staff as an assistant or substitute in case of necessity.
a supernumerary or extra person or thing.
a supernumerary official or employee.
a person who appears in a play or film without speaking lines or as part of a crowd; walk-on; extra.
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How to use supernumerary in a sentence
I blame the fact that she is a longtime member of an organization within her Christian church, a significant financial contributor, and a supernumerary.Ask Amy: Friend favors exclusive group over friendships | Amy Dickinson | November 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Repeat the name twice very distinctly to him, and see there is no mistake about third or supernumerary or private.The False Chevalier | William Douw Lighthall
The exempts to be supernumerary, having a small allowance, and maintained in the college till preferment offer.An Essay upon Projects | Daniel Defoe
Au reste, I am careful for nothing; I am a sort of supernumerary spoon, and there will be no damage to the set if I am lost.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3) | George Eliot
We have to add small supernumerary words to bring back the original power.Instigations | Ezra Pound
The short or supernumerary line of non-commissioned officers on our right stood motionless as a row of statues.The Adventures of Harry Revel | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for supernumerary
exceeding a regular or proper number; extra
functioning as a substitute or assistant with regard to a regular body or staff
a person or thing that exceeds the normal, required, or regular number
a person who functions as a substitute or assistant
an actor who has no lines, esp a nonprofessional one
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