Definitions for harlequinˈhɑr lə kwɪn, -kɪn
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a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)
variegate with spots or marks
"His face was harlequined with patches"
a pantomime fool, typically dressed in checkered clothes
brightly coloured, especially in a pattern like that of a harlequin clown's clothes
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.
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
to play the droll; to make sport by playing ludicrous tricks
toremove or conjure away, as by a harlequin's trick
Origin: [F. arlequin, formerly written also harlequin (cf. It, arlecchino), prob. fr. OF. hierlekin, hellequin, goblin, elf, which is prob. of German or Dutch origin; cf. D. hel hell. Cf. Hell, Kin.]
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
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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