To call the Canadian publisher harlequin a monopoly in the romance genre might be an overstatement, but not by much.
Another way that harlequin is adapting is through the same technology that has enabled self-publishing.
The harlequin hardback, out today, is appropriately dubbed: Sh*t Girls Say.
harlequin may have one of the most powerful, immediately recognizable brands in the world, but they are working hard to dilute it.
The baby might be christened in Macbeth's caldron; and Harry and harlequin ought certainly to be godfathers.
In short, below the waist their dress was that of a priest, and above it, that of a harlequin.
Like harlequin, bounding from the sides and capering before the footlights, this new species makes a sudden apparition.
We will frankly own that we have been much troubled with the harlequin.
Chicard, the harlequin of the modern French carnival, grotesquely dressed up.
The harlequin on the bank turned his little pug-nose up to me.
1580s, from Middle French harlequin, from Old French Herlequin, Hellequin, etc., leader of la maisnie Hellequin, a troop of demons who rode the night air on horses. He corresponds to Old English Herla cyning "King Herla," mythical character sometimes identified as Woden; possibly also the same as the German Erlkönig "Elf King" of the Goethe poem. Sometimes also associated with Herrequin, 9c. count of Boulogne, who was proverbially wicked. In English pantomime, a mute character who carries a magic wand. His Italian form, arlecchino, is one of the stock characters of commedia del'arte. From his ludicrous dress comes the English adjective meaning "particolored" (1779).