What does the word supernumerary mean?

Usage examples for supernumerary

  1. Madame Crochard affected blindness, as if, with a reminiscence of her old parts, she was only required to figure as a supernumerary. – A Second Home by Honore de Balzac
  2. The exile may at least keep his pride; but what pride is possible to the broken supernumerary who " lags superfluous on the stage"? – Masterman and Son by W. J. Dawson
  3. Unhappily for this hope, the supernumerary was not disposed to regard himself as such. – The Mayor of Warwick by Herbert M. Hopkins