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From Vulgar Latin *spatla, from Late Latin spatula, from classical Latin spatha. Compare spatola, a borrowed doublet.


spalla f (plural spalle)

  1. (anatomy, cut of meat, portion of a garment) shoulder
  2. (in the plural) back
  3. back, rear
  4. straight man, second fiddle, second banana, sidekick
    (idiomatic) A sidekick or subordinate, or the role of such a person
    (informal) An assistant to another person, especially to one's superior or more important person)
    (idiomatic) A comedian who plays a secondary or supporting role, especially as straight man and traditionally in vaudeville or burlesque theatre

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