from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not constituting a vital element or part.
- adj. Inessential or unrelated to the topic or matter at hand; irrelevant. See Synonyms at irrelevant.
- adj. Coming from the outside: extraneous interference.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; foreign
- adj. Not essential or intrinsic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; not essential or intrinsic; foreign.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not belonging or proper to a thing; not intrinsic or essential, though attached; foreign: as, to separate gold from extraneous matter; extraneous ornaments or observances.
- Synonyms See exterior.
- In music, not belonging to a standard scale or key; chromatic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not pertinent to the matter under consideration
- adj. coming from the outside
- adj. not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source
- adj. not essential
From Latin extrāneus, from extrā, outside; see extra-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin extrāneus ("from without, strange") (Wiktionary)