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Adjective: supernumerary  ,soo-pur'n(y)oo-mu,(re-)ree [N. Amer], ,soo-pu'nyoo-mu-(ru-)ree [Brit]
  1. More than is needed, desired, or required
    "supernumerary ornamentation"; "extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts";
    - excess, extra, redundant, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, surplus
Noun: supernumerary  ,soo-pur'n(y)oo-mu,(re-)ree [N. Amer], ,soo-pu'nyoo-mu-(ru-)ree [Brit]
  1. A person serving no apparent function
    "reducing staff is difficult because our employees include no supernumeraries"
  2. A minor actor in crowd scenes
    - spear carrier, extra

Derived forms: supernumeraries

See also: unnecessary, unneeded

Type of: actor, histrion, individual, mortal, person, player, role player, somebody, someone, soul, thespian

Encyclopedia: Supernumerary