gracioso

[ grey-shee-oh-soh, grah-see-; Spanish grah-thyaw-saw, -syaw- ]
/ ˌgreɪ ʃiˈoʊ soʊ, ˌgrɑ si-; Spanish grɑˈθyɔ sɔ, -ˈsyɔ- /
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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/.

a buffoon or clown in Spanish comedy.

Nearby words

  1. gracile,
  2. gracilis,
  3. gracilis muscle,
  4. gracility,
  5. graciosity,
  6. gracious,
  7. graciously,
  8. graciousness,
  9. grackle,
  10. grad

Origin of gracioso

1640–50; < Spanish: amiable, gracious, spirited (noun use of adj.) < Latin grātiōsus gracious

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Examples from the Web for gracioso

  • 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

/ (ˌɡræsɪˈəʊsəʊ, Spanish ɡraˈθjoso) /

noun plural -sos

a clown in Spanish comedy

Word Origin for gracioso

C17: from Spanish: gracious

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