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What does "Supernumerary" mean?

Definition

(a.) Exceeding a necessary, usual, or required number or quality; superfluous; as, supernumerary addresses; supernumerary expense (a.) Exceeding the number stated or prescribed; as, a supernumerary officer in a regiment (n.) A person or thing beyond the number stated (n.) A person or thing beyond what is necessary or usual; especially, a person employed not for regular service, but only to fill the place of another in case of need; specifically, in theaters, a person who is not a regular actor, but is employed to appear in a stage spectacle


Synonyms redundant, superfluous, spare, excess, extra, surplus, unnecessary, supererogatory, unneeded, spear carrier


Example: "Supernumerary ornamentation"


Word Family supernumeraries