(often capital) a type of circus clown who usually wears battered ordinary clothes and is habitually maladroit or unlucky

Word Origin for auguste

C20: French, from German
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Examples from the Web for auguste

Historical Examples of auguste

  • If he wasn't after me then he was after him; both meant trouble for Auguste.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • I was working for you, Auguste, in view of presenting you with a token of friendship.


    Emile Zola

  • Quenu asserted that no assistant in all Paris was Auguste' equal as a pig-sticker.

  • From that time forward Auguste was anxious that the "convict" should be arrested.

  • She was exasperated with Auguste and the women who had put her in such a ridiculous position.