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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin superplus, from Latin plus 'more'

surplus

1 noun
     
Related topics: Economics
sur‧plus1 [uncountable and countable]
1 an amount of something that is more than what is needed or used [= excess]:
Any surplus can be trimmed away.
surplus of
a surplus of crude oil
2PE the amount of money that a country or company has left after it has paid for all the things it needs:
a huge budget surplus of over £16 billion

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