Definitions

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  • n. An old dance with swords and bucklers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old dance with swords and bucklers; a sword dance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A participant in an old comic dance performed by maskers in mock-military guise, originally with sword and buckler, and later with a wooden sword or some other sham weapon; also, the dance itself, and the kind of mask or domino worn in it. The dance became a mere display of tumbling or acrobatic feats.

Etymologies

Spanish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The fact that matachin is also a perfectly good Spanish word meaning “butcher” or “hired assassin,” and that the place had been called that long before the railroad came through, did not seem to matter.

    The Path Between the Seas

  • ‘quellio’ (cuello), a ruff or _neck_-collar; and ‘matachin’, the title of a sword-dance; these are all frequent in our early dramatists; and

    English Past and Present

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