figurant

[fig-yuh-rant, -rahnt; French fee-gy-rahn]

noun

a ballet dancer who does not perform solo.
a performer with no spoken lines.

Nearby words

  1. figment of one's imagination,
  2. figueres,
  3. figuline,
  4. figural,
  5. figurally,
  6. figurante,
  7. figurate,
  8. figurate number,
  9. figuration,
  10. figurative

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Examples 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

figurant

noun

a ballet dancer who does group work but no solo roles
theatre a minor character, esp one who does not speak
Derived Formsfigurante (ˌfɪɡjʊˈrɒnt), fem n

Word Origin for figurant

C18: from French, from figurer to represent, appear, figure

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