from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a corps de ballet who does not perform solos.
- n. A stage performer having no speaking part.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an actor in the background lacking an aural presence
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who dances at the opera, not singly, but in groups or figures; an accessory character on the stage, who figures in its scenes, but has nothing to say; hence, one who figures in any scene, without taking a prominent part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who dances in the figures of the ballet.
- n. An accessory character on the stage, who figures in its scenes, but has nothing to say.
- n. Hence One who figures in any scene without taking a prominent part.
Or nous sommes confrontés à un énorme problème d'opacité: nous sommes incapables d'évaluer la quantité de toxiques bancaires figurant encore au bilan des banques du fait du processus de titrisation
The deceased, who is never mentioned by name, appears as a mere figurant, or rather an onlooker.
The plebiscite, undoubtedly, as well as the election of deputies to the Corps Legislatif are simply comedies; but, in these comedies, one rôle is as good as another and the duke of the old or new pattern, a mere figurant among hundreds and thousands of others, votes only once like the corner-grocer.
French stage has a story of a _figurant_ who ruined at once a new tragedy and his own prospects by an unhappy _lapsus linguæ_, the result of undue haste and nervous excitement.
He ventures to hold that as much talent is necessary to constitute a tolerable _figurant_ as to make a good actor.
He describes the _figurant_ as a multiform actor, a dramatic chameleon, compelled by the special nature of his occupation, or rather by its lack of special nature, to appear young or old, crooked or straight, noble or base-born, savage or civilised, according to the good pleasure of the dramatist.
The _figurant_, from this modest and accidental beginning of his career as an actor, speedily rose to be famous.
The beer was brought him by a _figurant_, or mute performer, in the character of a waiter, charged with the simple duty of drawing the cork from the bottle and filling the glass of the customer.
Meantime the _figurant_ cherishes sanguine hopes that he may one day rise to a prominent position in the ballet, or that he may become an _accessoire_; and the _accessoire_ looks forward fervently to ranking in the future among the regular actors or
A Parisian _figurant_, advanced to the position of