After many years of hoofing in the Las Vegas lights, a battle hardened Shalanda returned to the Bunny Ranch and became a supernumerary presence at the brothel. The roster was full, but she was one of Denny’s girls, and Denny always made space for his girls.
- Exceeding a necessary, usual, or required number or quality; superfluous; as, supernumerary addresses; supernumerary expense.
- Exceeding the number stated or prescribed; as, a supernumerary officer in a regiment.
- A person or thing beyond the number stated.
- A person or thing beyond what is necessary or usual; especially, a person employed not for regular service, but only to fill the place of another in case of need; specifically, in theaters, a person who is not a regular actor, but is employed to appear in a stage spectacle.
From Late Latin supernumerarius (“extra soldier added to a legion”), from super (“above; beyond”) + numerum (singular of numerus).
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Supernumerary. The Effin Word, The Effin Word, https://effinwords.com/dictionary/supernumerary. Accessed 4 June 2023.
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The Effin Word. (n.d.). Supernumerary. In The Effin Word. Retrieved June 4, 2023, from https://effinwords.com/dictionary/supernumerary