A scheming Spanish barber who appears as a character in eighteenth-century French plays. The operas The Marriage of Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and The Barber of Seville, by Gioacchino Rossini, are about Figaro.

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Historical Examples of figaro

  • I got a dispatch from, him quoting the Virago of Paris—meaning the Figaro, of course.

  • They will come to see half a 'Figaro' when they will not come to see a dozen 'Heartless Fathers.'


    Rafael Sabatini

  • To dissemble this he had availed himself of the fact that Figaro was a Spaniard.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • In due course Seymour resumed his place on "Figaro," and retained it to the end.

    The History of "Punch"

    M. H. Spielmann

  • I found a hairdresser, the local Figaro, a raging Boulangist.

    France and the Republic

    William Henry Hurlbert