Definitions of supernumerary

  1. A person or thing beyond the stated, necessary, or usual number; especially, a person employed in a theatre as one of a mob, throng of guests, etc.
  2. A person or thing beyond the usual or necessary number.
  3. A supernumerary person or thing; a stage performer without a speaking part.
  4. A person or thing beyond the stated number, or beyond what is necessary.
  5. A person beyond what is usually needed, or above the stated number.
  6. more than is needed, desired, or required; " trying to lose excess weight"; " found some extra change lying on the dresser"; " yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant"; " skills made redundant by technological advance"; " sleeping in the spare room"; " supernumerary ornamentation"; " it was supererogatory of her to gloat"; " delete superfluous ( or unnecessary) words"; " extra ribs as well as other supernumerary internal parts"; " surplus cheese distributed to the needy"
  7. Exceeding a necessary, usual, or required number or quality; superfluous; as, supernumerary addresses; supernumerary expense.
  8. A person or thing beyond the number stated.
  9. 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.
  10. Exceeding the number stated or required.
  11. Over and above the number stated, or which is usual or necessary.
  12. Above the needful or regular number.
  13. Being beyond a certain number; superfluous.
  14. Exceeding the stated number; exceeding a necessary or usual number.
  15. Exceeding a necessary or usual number; in excess of the number stated.