Definition of spear carrier in US English:

spear carrier


  • 1An actor with a walk-on part.

    • ‘He moved to the National Theatre as a spear carrier in Olivier's first company in 1963.’
    • ‘Cast me as a spear carrier, and I will happily exercise my free will and step aside to give somebody else their five minutes of fame.’
    • ‘I met a man the other night who told me he was going to be a spear carrier in Scottish Opera's forthcoming production of Tosca.’
    walk-on, supernumerary
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    1. 1.1 An unimportant participant in something.
      • ‘There's a risk that the party will be transformed into a legion of spear carriers.’


spear carrier

/spi(ə)r ˈkerēər/