noun com·par·sa \kəmˈpärsə\

Definition of comparsa



  1. 1 :  a folk dance and song of Afro-Cuban origin

  2. 2 :  a masked company of street dancers in Cuban carnival processions

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Origin and Etymology of comparsa

American Spanish, from Spanish, group of revelers costumed alike, entire group of supernumeraries in a play, supernumerary in a play, from Italian, supernumerary in a play, appearance, from feminine of comparso, past participle of comparire to appear, from Latin comparēre, from Latin com- + parēre to be visible — more at appear

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