gracioso

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

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.

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Origin of gracioso

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