1) N-PLURAL You can refer to food that has not been eaten after a meal as leftovers.

Refrigerate any leftovers...

The only food I ever got was the family's leftovers.

2) ADJ: ADJ n You use leftover to describe an amount of something that remains after the rest of it has been used or eaten.

...leftover pieces of wallpaper...

Leftover chicken makes a wonderful salad.

3) N-COUNT: N from n If you say that something is a leftover from a past period of time, you mean that it has its origin there and still exists even though most other things connected to that time have disappeared.

...a leftover from the time our planet was first formed...

He dragged a foot when he walked, a leftover from polio.

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