1An actor with a walk-on part.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1An unimportant participant in something.
- ‘There's a risk that the party will be transformed into a legion of spear carriers.’