Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective More than or beyond what is usual, normal, expected, or necessary: synonym: superfluous.
  • adjective Subject to an additional charge.
  • noun Something more than is usual or necessary.
  • noun Something, such as an accessory on a motor vehicle, for which an additional charge is made.
  • noun A special edition of a newspaper.
  • noun A performer hired to play a minor part, as in a crowd scene in a film.
  • adverb To an exceptional extent or degree; unusually.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Beyond the ordinary standard or measure; extraordinarily; unusually; uncommonly: as, this is done extra well; that is an extra high price.
  • More than what is usual, or than what is due, appointed, or expected; supplementary; additional; supernumerary: as, an extra price; an extra edition of a newspaper; extra diet; extra charges at a boarding-school.
  • noun Something in addition to what is usual or expected; something over and above the usual course or charge, or beyond what is usual.
  • noun Specifically An edition or a copy of a newspaper issued at an unusual hour to convey special intelligence.
  • noun In cricket, a score or run not made from the bat, as a bye or a wide: usually in plural.
  • A prefix of Latin origin, originally an adverb and preposition, meaning ‘outside, beyond.’ ;
  • Used in trade to denote a size somewhat larger than that, mentioned: as, extra elephant folio; extra foolscap octavo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Something in addition to what is due, expected, or customary; esp., an added charge or fee, or something for which an additional charge is made.
  • noun An edition of a newspaper issued at a time other than the regular one.
  • noun (Cricket) A run, as from a bye, credited to the general score but not made from a hit.
  • noun Something of an extra quality or grade.
  • adjective Beyond what is due, usual, expected, or necessary; additional; supernumerary; also, extraordinarily good; superior

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Beyond what is due, usual, expected, or necessary; extraneous; additional; supernumerary.
  • adjective Extraordinarily good; superior; as extra work, extra pay.
  • adverb informal To an extraordinary degree.
  • noun cricket A run scored without the ball having hit the striker's bat - a wide, bye, leg bye or no ball; in Australia referred to as a sundry
  • noun an extra edition of a newspaper, which is printed outside of the normal printing cycle
  • noun A supernumerary or walk-on in a film or play

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun something additional of the same kind
  • adjective more than is needed, desired, or required
  • adjective further or added
  • noun a minor actor in crowd scenes
  • adjective added to a regular schedule
  • adverb unusually or exceptionally
  • noun an additional edition of a newspaper (usually to report a crisis)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably short for extraordinary.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Abbreviation of extraordinary. See also extra-

Examples

  • Extra cheese, extra crispy, extra spicy, the word extra just makes things sound better, doesn't it?

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  • He says the government of Samoa was using that money to pay salaries of what he calls extra personnel.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2009

  • He says the government of Samoa was using that money to pay salaries of what he calls extra personnel.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2009

  • He says the government of Samoa was using that money to pay salaries of what he calls extra personnel.

    CNN Transcript Oct 28, 2009

  • He says the government of Samoa was using that money to pay salaries of what he calls extra personnel.

    CNN Transcript Oct 28, 2009

  • He says the government of Samoa was using that money to pay salaries of what he calls extra personnel.

    CNN Transcript Oct 28, 2009

  • He says the government of Samoa was using that money to pay salaries of what he calls extra personnel.

    CNN Transcript Oct 31, 2009

  • It will be what we call extra tropical, just a low pressure system coming in, probably making some rain showers for Portugal, Spain and also into France.

    CNN Transcript Oct 16, 2008

  • And I talked with a senior officer who's close to General David Petraeus from Iraq today, who told me that they have seen quite a marked decline of the number of what they call extra-judicial killings in Baghdad over the last several weeks.

    CNN Transcript Mar 16, 2007

  • I don ` t want to get overly complicated here, because honestly I ` ll get lost myself, and I ` m riddled with ADD, but a lot of Venezuela ` s oil is what they call extra-heavy oil.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2006

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