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Meaning of supernumerary

su•per•nu•mer•ar•y

Pronunciation: (s"pur-n'mu-rer"ē, -ny'-), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ar•ies.
—adj.
  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.
—n.
  1. a supernumerary or extra person or thing.
  2. a supernumerary official or employee.
  3. a person who appears in a play or film without speaking lines or as part of a crowd; walk-on; extra.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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