harlequin
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)

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  • Harlequin — (Arlecchino in Italian, Arlequin in French) is the most popular of the zanni or comic servant characters from the Italian Commedia dell Arte . OriginsThere are these theories about the origin of the term Harlequin: * Via Italian Arlecchino from… …   Wikipedia

  • Harlequin — Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), 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}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harlequin — Har le*quin, v. t. To remove or conjure away, as by a harlequin s trick. [1913 Webster] And kitten, if the humor hit Has harlequined away the fit. M. Green. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harlequin — (n.) 1580s, from M.Fr. harlequin, from O.Fr. Herlequin, Hellequin, etc., leader of la maisnie Hellequin, a troop of demons who rode the night air on horses. He corresponds to O.E. Herla cyning King Herla, mythical character sometimes identified… …   Etymology dictionary

  • harlequin — ► NOUN (Harlequin) ▪ a mute character in traditional pantomime, typically masked and dressed in a diamond patterned costume. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in varied colours; variegated. ORIGIN French, from earlier Herlequin, the leader of a legendary troop of… …   English terms dictionary

  • Harlequin — [här′li kwin, här′likin] n. [Fr harlequin, arlequin < OFr hierlekin, hellequin, demon: Fr sense & form infl. by It arlecchino < same OFr source] 1. a traditional comic character in pantomime, who wears a mask and spangled, diamond patterned …   English World dictionary

  • Harlequin — Har le*quin (h[aum]r l[ e]*k[i^]n or kw[i^]n), v. i. To play the droll; to make sport by playing ludicrous tricks. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harlequin —    Film fantastique de Simon Wincer, avec Robert Powell, Carmen Dunca, David Hemmings.   Pays: Australie   Date de sortie: 1980   Technique: couleurs   Durée: 1 h 36    Résumé    Un inconnu pénètre dans la maison d un sénateur et redonne… …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • harlequin — harlequinism, n. /hahr leuh kwin, kin/, n. 1. (often cap.) a comic character in commedia dell arte and the harlequinade, usually masked, dressed in multicolored, diamond patterned tights, and carrying a wooden sword or magic wand. 2. a buffoon. 3 …   Universalium

  • Harlequin — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Harlequin », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Harlequin, maison d édition spécialisée dans …   Wikipédia en Français

  • harlequin — /ˈhaləkwən/ (say hahluhkwuhn), / kwɪn/ (say kwin) noun 1. a buffoon. 2. any of various small, handsomely marked snakes. 3. → harlequin opal. –adjective 4. fancifully varied in colour, decoration, etc.: a harlequin pattern. 5. comprising a number… …   Australian English dictionary

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