a) Remaining; left behind; extra; in reserve.

Do you want some of the leftover supplies from the event?

b) Remaining after a meal is complete or eaten for a later meal or snack.

I have some leftover spaghetti in the fridge, so I dont plan to cook tonight.

2. noun
Something left behind; an excess or remainder.

Its a leftover from yesterday, but its still perfectly good.

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