Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to a number or numbers.

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  • adj. Relating to numbers or numbering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to a certain number; counting as one of a collection or body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to number or numbers; reckoned by or according to number; numerical.
  • Belonging to a certain number; included or reckoned within the proper or fixed number.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin numerārius, from Late Latin, an accountant, from Latin numerus, number; see number.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • She described working as a so-called numerary assistant, performing housework seven days a week from early morning until late at night, and relinquishing her pay to her superiors.

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  • I heard a numerary once tell about how a prostitute in Spain lay near death, and some of her co-workers asked St. Josemaria to come give her the last rites in a house of ill repute.

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  • But some kind of super- numerary role at Darling's side?

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  • They granted him a considerable sum, at five livres five sous the mark, for fear the king should change the numerary value.

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  • It didn't take me long to learn the coinage, and since I can count to 100, and I'm not totally bereft of numerary skills, I am able to pay the taxi driver, the grocery store clerk, the waiter and the porno shop owner with equal flair and accuracy.

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  • Last month, my friend Monique, an Opus Dei numerary, honoured me with an invitation to attend a traditional private mass presided over by Bishop Javier Echevarria, the visiting Opus Dei prelate.

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  • GALLAGHER: Colleen was a numerary assistant in Opus Dei for 20 years, living and working in its residencies throughout the U.S. including, the one in New York.

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  • GALLAGHER (voice-over): Tona Varela has been a numerary for 25 years.

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  • You need those basic left-brain abilities: literacy and numerary.

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