One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A supernumerary actor.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
French, present participle of figurer ‘to figure’.
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