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  • n. Plural form of figurante.


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  • His nephew of York has been at Blenheim, where they gave him a ball, but did not put themselves to much expense in dancers; the figurantes were the maid-servants.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3

  • A la belle étoile, quelques étoiles filantes, et toi la bonne étoile autour de toutes ces figurantes

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • The silence of history on these points is fortunate for the figurantes of the present day; since, but for this, their fame might have been utterly eclipsed.

    A Hundred Anecdotes of Animals

  • They are all figurantes, and care not what they exhibit, so as they exhibit their skill.

    Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808

  • Saint Clair -- which nothing compelled him to do -- we ought thankfully to acknowledge his moderation in contenting himself with a quiet intrigue between unmarried persons, instead of favouring us with a flagrant case of adultery, as in the "Double Méprise," or initiating us into the very profane mysteries of _operatic figurantes_, as in "Arsène Guillot."

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847

  • And again, since all ages and conditions assist at this feast, it would utilize that extraordinary company of figurantes, varying from the longest and slimmest to the shortest and plumpest, which every manager thinks it incumbent to put upon the stage for the rural fête.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 33, December, 1873

  • Tout à coup, les deux jolies figurantes placées devant le rideau de la coulisse en écartent les plis, et Duhsanta, l'arc et les flèches à la main, paraît monté sur un char; son cocher tient les rênes; lancés à la poursuite d'une gazelle imaginaire, ils simulent par leurs gestes la rapidité de la course; leurs stances pittoresques et descriptives suggèrent à l'imagination un décor que la peinture serait impuissante à tracer.

    Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works

  • The Opera is thin of company, thin of performers, thin of lights, thin of _figurantes_, thin of scene-shifters, thin of everything!

    The Letter-Bag of Lady Elizabeth Spencer-Stanhope — Volume 1

  • High born dames, even princesses of blood royal, culled their favourites from amongst the knights of the buskin; actresses, dancers, mere figurantes, saw the wealthiest and proudest languishing at their feet, and contending for their smiles.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 61, No. 376, February, 1847

  • One of the odd things of the professional life is that in the artistic sense you are not considered an "actress" until you have shown some merit, have done some good, honest work; but for the purposes of gossip or scandal, ballet girls, chorus girls, or figurantes become actresses full fledged.

    Stage Confidences


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