noun, plural su·per·nu·mer·ar·ies.
Examples from the Web for supernumerary
It is highly interesting to see in what way the supernumerary eggs of the queen are disposed of.Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee|L. L. Langstroth
He threw up lectures and joined our battalion as a supernumerary.The Red Watch|J. A. Currie
We had eight Ambassadors at the peace of Munster; one for each Province, and one supernumerary.
Then he took snuff, and had a supernumerary calico handkerchief?
These supernumerary teeth assume two forms; either they resemble the adjoining teeth or are cone-shaped.Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for supernumerary
noun plural -aries
Word Origin for supernumerary
Word Origin and History for supernumerary
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.)).