One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A supernumerary actor who has little or nothing to say.
- ‘Holst's figurant represents humanity exposed to the occult powers of the unfixed stars as they orbit through the twelve astrological houses of the zodiac.’
- ‘Don't worry figurant, he's not mad at you.’
- ‘The number of part-time or full-time film extras (or figurants) in Shanghai is not known but it is certain that their number is increasing rapidly as the entertainment business becomes more prosperous.’
French, present participle of figurer ‘to figure’.
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