Meaning of spear carrier

spear' car"rier

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a supernumerary in a theatrical or operatic production, as one of a group of soldiers or a member of a crowd; extra.
  2. any minor member of a group, profession, political party, etc.; subordinate; underling.
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