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1. (Professions) a superintendent
2. (Professions) a supernumerary employee


(ˌsu pərˈnu məˌrɛr i, -ˈnyu-)

adj., n., pl. -ar•ies. adj.
1. being in excess of the usual, proper, or prescribed number; extra.
2. associated with a regular body or staff as an assistant or substitute in case of necessity.
3. a supernumerary or extra person or thing.
4. a supernumerary official or employee.
5. a person who appears in a play, opera, etc., without speaking lines or as part of a crowd; extra.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin supernumerārius. See super-, numerary]
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