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supernumerary

[soo-per-noo-muh-rer-ee, -nyoo-] /ˌsu pərˈnu məˌrɛr i, -ˈnyu-/
adjective
1.
being in excess of the usual, proper, or prescribed number; additional; extra.
2.
associated with a regular body or staff as an assistant or substitute in case of necessity.
noun, plural supernumeraries.
3.
a supernumerary or extra person or thing.
4.
a supernumerary official or employee.
5.
a person who appears in a play or film without speaking lines or as part of a crowd; walk-on; extra.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Late Latin supernumerārius. See super-, numerary
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British Dictionary definitions for supernumerary

supernumerary

/ˌsuːpəˈnjuːmərərɪ; -ˈnjuːmrərɪ/
adjective
1.
exceeding a regular or proper number; extra
2.
functioning as a substitute or assistant with regard to a regular body or staff
noun (pl) -aries
3.
a person or thing that exceeds the normal, required, or regular number
4.
a person who functions as a substitute or assistant
5.
an actor who has no lines, esp a nonprofessional one
Word Origin
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 su·per·nu·mer·ar·y (sōō'pər-nōō'mə-rěr'ē, -nyōō'-)
adj.
Exceeding the normal or usual number; extra.

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