• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Matachin An old dance with swords and bucklers; a sword dance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n matachin A participant in an old comic dance performed by maskers in mock-military guise, originally with sword and buckler, and later with a wooden sword or some other sham weapon; also, the dance itself, and the kind of mask or domino worn in it. The dance became a mere display of tumbling or acrobatic feats.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


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More than 800 Matachines and Aztec performers, dancing to the rhythm and dressed in colorful, traditional costumes, processed onto the field, followed by an honor guard of dozens of Fourth Degree Knights.
Matachines, devotional dancers, perform during the feast day of the Lady of Guadalupe at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Monday, Dec 12, 2011, in Houston.