Definitions

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  • noun A female figurant; esp., a ballet girl.

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  • noun A female figurant, especially a ballet dancer.

Etymologies

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French

Examples

  • In the first he told me that he had followed my instructions as to the Corticelli, and in the second that she would probably he paid for dancing at the carnival as first 'figurante'.

    Memoirs of Casanova — Volume 19: Back Again to Paris

  • In the first he told me that he had followed my instructions as to the Corticelli, and in the second that she would probably he paid for dancing at the carnival as first 'figurante'.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • All this was true, except about the French figurante.

    Mens Wives

  • “Regent;” but as to the French figurante, it must be confessed, that Mrs. Walker was in a sad error: THAT lady and the

    Mens Wives

  • At ten years of age I was a _ballet girl_ at the theatre; at fourteen, my Chevalier, it was my good fortune to meet you; you initiated me, not only into the mysteries of love, but into the art of making money with far greater facility than as a _figurante_ in the opera.

    Venus in Boston; A Romance of City Life

  • She is a flirt and a _figurante_, as long as she lives.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847

  • Their malignant modesty does not deserve the respect of an intelligent _figurante_.

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 06, May 7, 1870

  • Monday what the leading _figurante_ is to the opera or ballet, and dances about as gracefully as the hippopotami described by Dr. Livingstone.

    A Righte Merrie Christmasse The Story of Christ-Tide

  • Mademoiselle Prévost, alarmed at such a triumph, intrigued with such success that Mademoiselle de Camargo was soon forced to fall back to the position of a mere _figurante_.

    The International Monthly Magazine - Volume V - No II

  • She started well as a figurante in a comic opera company up-town, but from that she dropped to a female minstrel troupe in the Bowery, and now, Lewy Tusch told Cordelia, she was "tooing ter skirt-tance in ter pickernic parks for ter sick-baby fund, ant passin 'ter hat arount afterwarts."

    Different Girls

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