What does harlequin mean?

Definitions for harlequinˈhɑr lə kwɪn, -kɪn

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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"


  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

  4. 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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Harlequin

    här′le-kwin, or -kin, n. the leading character in a pantomime, the lover of Columbine, in a tight spangled dress, with a wand, by means of which he is supposed to be invisible and to play tricks: a buffoon.—v.i. to play the harlequin.—n. Harlequināde′, the portion of a pantomime in which the harlequin plays a chief part.—Harlequin duck, a species of northern sea-duck, so called from its variegated markings. [Fr. harlequin, arlequin (It. arlecchino), prob. the same as O. Fr. Hellequin, a devil in medieval legend, perh. of Teut. origin.]

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harlequin in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harlequin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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