Definitions for harlequinˈhɑr lə kwɪn, -kɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

har•le•quinˈhɑr lə kwɪn, -kɪn(n.)

  1. (often cap.) a comic character in commedia dell'arte and the harlequinade, usu. masked, dressed in multicolored, diamond-patterned tights, and carrying a wooden sword or magic wand.

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  2. a buffoon.

  3. (adj.)fancifully colorful.

Origin of harlequin:

1580–90; < F, MF (h)arlequin < It arlecchino < OF *harlequin, halequin a malevolent spirit, prob. < ME *Herla king, OE *Her(e)la cyning King Herle, presumably a legendary figure, rendered in AL as Herla rex

Princeton's WordNet

  1. harlequin(verb)

    a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)

  2. harlequin(verb)

    variegate with spots or marks

    "His face was harlequined with patches"

Wiktionary

  1. harlequin(Noun)

    a pantomime fool, typically dressed in checkered clothes

  2. harlequin(Adjective)

    brightly coloured, especially in a pattern like that of a harlequin clown's clothes

  3. Origin: From hellekijn, then in hellequin and in Arlecchino, the name of a popular servant character in commedia dell'arte plays from * ultimately from Herleking, from Herla Cyning, a mythical figure identified with Woden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harlequin(noun)

    a buffoon, dressed in party-colored clothes, who plays tricks, often without speaking, to divert the bystanders or an audience; a merry-andrew; originally, a droll rogue of Italian comedy

  2. Harlequin

    to play the droll; to make sport by playing ludicrous tricks

  3. Harlequin(verb)

    toremove or conjure away, as by a harlequin's trick

Freebase

  1. Harlequin

    Harlequin is the most popularly known of the zanni or comic servant characters from the Italian Commedia dell'arte and its descendant, the Harlequinade. The Harlequin is also known to be a type of clown.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Harlequin

    a character in a Christmas pantomime, in love with Columbine, presumed to be invisible, and deft at tricks to frustrate those of the clown, who is his rival lover.

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