matachin definition

  • noun:
    • a vintage party with swords and bucklers.
    • a vintage dance with swords and bucklers; a sword party.
    • A participant in a vintage comic party done by maskers in mock-military guise, originally with sword and buckler, and later with a wooden sword or other sham tool; also, the dance itself, in addition to types of mask or domino used with it. The dance became a mere screen of tumbling or acrobatic feats.

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