Extraneous Definition

Not constituting an essential or vital element or part.
School rules forbidding extraneous clothing like hats.
American Heritage
Not truly or properly belonging; not essential.
Webster's New World
Unrelated to the topic or matter at hand.
American Heritage
Coming from outside; foreign.
An extraneous substance.
Webster's New World
Not pertinent; irrelevant.
Webster's New World

Origin of Extraneous

  • From Latin extrāneus from extrā outside extra–

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin extrāneus (“from without, strange”)

    From Wiktionary

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