Supernumerary meaning

so͝opər-no͝omə-rĕrē, -nyo͝o-
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Exceeding the required or desired number or amount; superfluous.

An employee who became supernumerary after the merger.

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That exceeds or is beyond the regular or prescribed number; extra.
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A supernumerary person or thing.
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Greater in number than.
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Beyond what is necessary.
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Exceeding a fixed, prescribed, or standard number; extra.

A supernumerary rib.

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One that is in excess of the regular, necessary, or usual number.
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An actor without a speaking part, as one who appears in a crowd scene.
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That is beyond the number or quantity needed or desired; superfluous.
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(theater) A person with a small, nonspeaking part, as in a mob scene.
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A civil designation for somebody who works in a group, association or public office, without forming part of the regular staff; those distinguished from numerary. (For example, supernumerary judges are those who help the regular judges when there is a surplus amount of work.)
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An extra or walk-on in a film or play; spear-carrier.
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Origin of supernumerary

  • Latin supernumerārius super above super– numerum accusative of numerus number nem- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From the Late Latin supernumerarius (“excessively high in number"), from super (“above; beyond") + numerum, accusative of numerus (“number").

    From Wiktionary