[ fig-yuh-rant, -rahnt; French fee-gy-rahn ]
/ ˌfɪg yəˈrænt, -ˈrɑnt; French fi güˈrɑ̃ /
a ballet dancer who does not perform solo.
a performer with no spoken lines.
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Origin of figurant
First recorded in 1775–80; from French, present participle of figurer “to figure, appear, represent,” from Old French, from Latin figūrāre, “to form, shape,” from figūra “form, composition”; see origin at figure
Words nearby figurant
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Example sentences from the Web for figurant
The figurant, from this modest and accidental beginning of his career as an actor, speedily rose to be famous.A Book of the Play|Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for figurant
/ (ˈfɪɡjʊrənt) /
a ballet dancer who does group work but no solo roles
theatre a minor character, esp one who does not speak
Derived forms of figurantfigurante (ˌfɪɡjʊˈrɒnt), fem n
Word Origin for figurant
C18: from French, from figurer to represent, appear, figure
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