supernumerary [soo-per- noo-m uh-rer-ee, - nyoo-] adjective 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. noun, plural su·per·nu·mer·ar·ies. 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. Origin of supernumerary
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C17: from Late Latin
supernumerārius, from Latin super- + numerus number
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Word Origin and History for supernumerary adj.
c.1600, from Late Latin
supernumarius "excessive in number" (of soldiers added to a full legion), from Latin super numerum "beyond the number," from super "beyond, over" (see super-) + numerum, accusative of numerus "number" (see number (n.)).
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supernumerary in Medicine supernumerary [sōō′pər-nōō ′mə-rĕr′ē] adj. Exceeding the normal or usual number; extra.
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