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harlequin definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte) v
1: variegate with spots or marks; "His face was harlequined with patches"

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: ultimately from Italian arlecchino, from Middle French Helquin, a demon Date: 1590 1. a. capitalized a character in comedy and pantomime with a shaved head, masked face, variegated tights, and wooden sword b. buffoon 2. a. a variegated pattern (as of a textile) b. a combination of patches on a solid ground of contrasting color (as in the coats of some dogs)

Britannica Concise

Principal stock character of the Italian commedia dell'arte. He began in the 16th cent. as a wily, unscrupulous comic servant, and by the 17th cent. he was a faithful valet involved in amorous exploits. His costume of peasant clothes covered with colored patches developed into a tight-fitting costume decorated with bright triangles and diamond shapes. He carried a batte or slapstick and wore a black half-mask. In mid-18th-cent. England the harlequin was portrayed by John Rich in dance pantomimes. It was also the principal character of the slapstick pantomime form called the harlequinade.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. 1 (Harlequin) a a mute character in pantomime, usu. masked and dressed in a diamond-patterned costume. b hist. a stock comic character in Italian commedia dell' arte. 2 (in full harlequin duck) an Icelandic duck, Histrionicus histrionicus, with variegated plumage. --adj. in varied colours; variegated. Etymology: F f. earlier Herlequin leader of a legendary troup of demon horsemen

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Harlequin Har"le*quin, n. [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.] 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. --Percy Smith. As dumb harlequin is exhibited in our theaters. --Johnson. Harlequin bat (Zo["o]l.), an Indian bat (Scotophilus ornatus), curiously variegated with white spots. Harlequin beetle (Zo["o]l.), a very large South American beetle (Acrocinus longimanus) having very long legs and antenn[ae]. The elytra are curiously marked with red, black, and gray. Harlequin cabbage bug. (Zo["o]l.) See Calicoback. Harlequin caterpillar. (Zo["o]l.), the larva of an American bombycid moth (Euch[ae]tes egle) which is covered with black, white, yellow, and orange tufts of hair. Harlequin duck (Zo["o]l.), a North American duck (Histrionicus histrionicus). The male is dark ash, curiously streaked with white. Harlequin moth. (Zo["o]l.) See Magpie Moth. Harlequin opal. See Opal. Harlequin snake (Zo["o]l.), a small, poisonous snake (Elaps fulvius), ringed with red and black, found in the Southern United States.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Harlequin Har"le*quin, n. i. To play the droll; to make sport by playing ludicrous tricks.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Harlequin Har"le*quin, v. t. Toremove or conjure away, as by a harlequin's trick. And kitten,if the humor hit Has harlequined away the fit. --M. Green.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

You use harlequin to describe something that has a lot of different colours, often in a diamond pattern. (WRITTEN) ...the striking harlequin floor. ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Buffoon, jester, droll, merry-andrew, punch, clown, zany, scaramouch, fool, antic, jack-pudding, pickle-herring.

Moby Thesaurus

Columbine, Dalmatian, Hanswurst, Harlequin, Pantalone, Pantaloon, Polichinelle, Pulcinella, Punch, Punchinello, Scaramouch, antigorite, bicolor, bicolored, buffo, buffoon, butterfly, candy cane, chameleon, check, checker, checkerboard, checkerwork, cheetah, chessboard, chrysotile, clown, colorful, colors in patches, colory, confetti, crazy, crazy quilt, crazy-work, daedal, dichromatic, divers-colored, firedog, fool, iris, jack-pudding, jaguar, jester, kaleidoscopic, leopard, mackerel, mackerel sky, many-colored, marble, marbled paper, marquetry, medley, merry-andrew, moire, mosaic, mother-of-pearl, motley, motley fool, multicolor, multicolored, multicolorous, nacre, ocelot, opal, ophite, parquet, parquetry, parti-color, parti-colored, patchwork, patchwork quilt, peacock, pickle-herring, plaid, polychromatic, polychrome, polychromic, prismal, rainbow, serpentine, serpentine marble, shot, shot silk, shot through, spectral, spectrum, tartan, tessellation, tesserae, thunder and lightning, tortoise shell, trichromatic, trichromic, tricolor, tricolored, two-tone, varicolored, variegated, variegated pattern, versicolor, versicolored, zany, zebra


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