Definition of extra in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɛkstrə



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  • 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).
  • 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.

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