- a supernumerary in a theatrical or operatic production, as one of a group of soldiers or a member of a crowd; extra.
- any minor member of a group, profession, political party, etc.; subordinate; underling.
Origin of spear carrier
First recorded in 1950–55
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Examples from the Web for spear carrier
Louis the Goon Engel was a mere walk-on in the piece, a spear-carrier doomed to death.