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gracioso

[grey-shee-oh-soh, grah-see-; Spanish grah-thyaw-saw, -syaw-]
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noun, plural gra·ci·o·sos [grey-shee-oh-sohz, grah-see-; Spanish grah-thyaw-saws] /ˌgreɪ ʃiˈoʊ soʊz, ˌgrɑ si-; Spanish grɑˈθyɔ sɔs/.
  1. a buffoon or clown in Spanish comedy.
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Origin of gracioso

1640–50; < Spanish: amiable, gracious, spirited (noun use of adj.) < Latin grātiōsus gracious
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  • Gracioso, a fool in a Spanish comedy, who ever and anon appears on the stage during the performance with his jokes and gibes.

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British Dictionary definitions for gracioso

gracioso

noun plural -sos
  1. a clown in Spanish comedy
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Word Origin

C17: from Spanish: gracious
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