Definition of extra in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛkstrə/


Added to an existing or usual amount or number: they offered him an extra thirty-five cents an hour a lot of extra work is involved
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  • If it doesn't involve me personally receiving a large amount of extra cash each month, then frankly I'm not interested.
  • The hospital is also criticised for the amount of extra hours worked by staff, a lack of employee appraisals and the response rate to the questionnaire.
  • Vitamin D from food contained only about 10 per cent of our needs and people needed to get extra amounts from sunbathing.
additional, more, added, supplementary, supplemental, further, auxiliary, ancillary, subsidiary, secondary, attendant, accessory;
other, another, new, fresh


1 [as submodifier] To a greater extent than usual; especially: he is trying to be extra good
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  • People mattered, and especially that one extra special person on which his world hinged.
  • Drivers are extra cautious along that particular stretch of the national highway, lest any cattle should cross the road.
  • And as an extra special appreciation of his service I left him twenty of the twenty-five pence to spend on whatever he wanted.
exceptionally, particularly, specially, especially, very, extremely, singularly, peculiarly, distinctly;
unusually, extraordinarily, uncommonly, uniquely, remarkably, strikingly, outstandingly, amazingly, incredibly, awfully, terribly, really, unwontedly, notably, markedly, decidedly, surprisingly, conspicuously, signally
informal seriously, majorly, mucho
British informal jolly, dead, well
informal, dated devilish, frightfully
Northern English  powerful, right
2In addition: installation will cost about £60 extra
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  • A cassette player is considered an option and costs extra.
  • As well as the weekly hotel costs, everything else costs extra.
  • It will cost about £25,000 extra a month to keep airborne and all the money is raised by public donations.
in addition, additionally, as well, also, too, besides, over and above that, on top (of that), further, into the bargain, to boot;
then, again, furthermore
archaic withal, forbye


1An item in addition to what is usual or strictly necessary: I had an education with all the extras
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  • Second line gear are necessary extras that are included in load bearing equipment or tactical vests.
  • Stock the car with a diaper bag filled with all the necessary extras so you'll always be prepared.
  • I'd need another half page to list the cabin extras (never a necessity with a 5 - Series, by the way).
addition, supplement, adjunct, addendum, add-on, bonus, accompaniment, complement, companion, additive, extension, appendage, accessory, attachment, retrofit;
Computing  peripheral
1.1An item for which an additional charge is made: the price includes all major charges—there are no hidden extras
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  • It's a charge on US and if you try to charge us hidden extras, we'll just take all our money out of the banks and put them under the duvet!
  • There were immense black plumes at each corner and a black velvet pall covered the coffin… but these were charged as extras!
  • Why not a booklet listing all the extras available and the charge for each?
1.2A person engaged temporarily to fill out a crowd scene in a film or play: the film used an army of extras
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  • Ultimately, he was referred to a casting agency, which got him a part as an extra in a crowd scene for the film Deep Impact.
  • To his credit, Polanski pays tribute to the many Poles who made this film possible, working as extras for the crowd scenes and in technical capacities as well.
  • Many of the inhabitants, mostly poor Christians, were thrilled to have a film set in their village - and even agreed to serve as extras in a crowd scene.
walk-on, supernumerary, spear carrier;
walk-on part, minor role, non-speaking role, bit part
1.3 Cricket A run scored other than from a hit with the bat, credited to the batting side rather than to a batsman.
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  • The batsmen were also helped by some wayward bowling with 61 extras, including 40 wides, being conceded.
  • Was England's total at Kingston the highest in which the highest score came from extras?
  • However, with 5 dropped catches and 30 extras all was not necessarily well with the Windies.
1.4 dated A special issue of a newspaper: she stood under an awning and read the extra
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  • Yes, it was a sprint on the first day to produce two extras and then the Sunday newspaper but this story will be with us for months and we have to respond accordingly.
  • In an effort to discount the news a German paper published an extra that a decisive would be fought within the next few days.
  • The last time The Chronicle published an extra was Feb. 1, 2003, when the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated over East Texas.


Mid 17th century (as an adjective): probably a shortening of extraordinary, suggested by similar forms in French and German.

  • extraordinary from Late Middle English:

    This looks as though it is from extra and ordinary, but is actually comes from Latin extra ordinem, meaning ‘outside the normal course of events’. In English extra means ‘beyond, outside’ in many words such as extramarital (early 19th century) ‘outside marriage’, extracurricular (early 20th century) ‘outside the curriculum’, and extraterrestrial (mid 19th century). When it means ‘additional’ or ‘especially’, as in extra-special, it is really a shortened version of extraordinary, which in the 17th and 18th centuries often meant ‘additional, extra’, as in an extract from the diary of the traveller Celia Fiennes, written in 1710: ‘You pay a penny extraordinary for being brought from Tunbridge town.’

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