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SUPERNU'MERARY, adjective [Latin super and numerus, number.]

1. Exceeding the number stated or prescribed; as a supernumerary officer in a regiment; a supernumerary canon in the church.

2. Exceeding a necessary, a usual or a round number; as supernumerary addresses; supernumerary expense.

SUPERNU'MERARY, noun A person or thing beyond the number stated, or beyond what is necessary or usual. On the reduction of the

regiments, several supernumeraries were to be provided for.