matachin

noun, often attributive
ma·​ta·​chin
variants: or less commonly matachine \ ˌmätəˈchēn , ˌma-​ , -​ˈshēn \
plural -s see sense 1b

Definition of matachin

1a : a sword dancer in a fantastic costume

called also bouffon

b plural matachini\ -​ē(ˌ)nē \ [Mexican Spanish matachín, from Spanish, matachin (sense 1a), from Italian mattaccino] : a member of a society of Mexican-Indian dancers who perform ritual dances
2 : a dance performed by a matachin

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History and Etymology for matachin

Italian mattaccino, from matto madman, fool, from matto mad, crazy, from Latin mattus stupid, drunk

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“Matachin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matachin. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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