spear carrier

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spear′ car`rier


n.
1. a supernumerary in a theatrical or operatic production.
2. a minor or subordinate member of a group.
3. a leader of a group or movement; spearhead.
[1950–55]
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Noun1.spear carrier - a minor actor in crowd scenes
actor, histrion, thespian, role player, player - a theatrical performer
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This book contains an impressive number of stunning illustrations, including black and white stills showing throngs of spear carriers and other pageant participants, as well as eight full-color plates of program covers and costume sketches, one by MacLiammoir and two richly detailed pen and ink drawings by the accomplished costume designer Seamus MacCall.
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