matachin

noun, often attributive ma·ta·chin \ˌmätəˈchēn, ˌma-, -ˈshēn\
variants: less commonly

matachine

\ˌmätəˈchēn, ˌma-, -ˈshēn\

Definition of matachin

plural

-s

  1. 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. 2 :  a dance performed by a matachin

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Origin and Etymology of matachin

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


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