- harleian library,
- harlem renaissance,
- harlequin bug,
- harlequin duck,
- harlequin fetus,
- harlequin opal,
- harlequin table
Origin of harlequin
Examples from the Web for harlequin
The Harlequin hardback, out today, is appropriately dubbed: Sh*t Girls Say.‘Shit Girls Say’: Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard Spin Book From Meme|Anna Klassen|September 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Another way that Harlequin is adapting is through the same technology that has enabled self-publishing.
To call the Canadian publisher Harlequin a monopoly in the romance genre might be an overstatement, but not by much.
Harlequin may have one of the most powerful, immediately recognizable brands in the world, but they are working hard to dilute it.
He had the mind of a harlequin; his wit was acrobatic, and threw somersaults.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
But when the horse was two yards from him he fell flat as a harlequin.For Fortune and Glory|Lewis Hough
This is Harlequin, who has sprung somehow from behind the trees.The Harlequinade|Dion Clayton Calthrop
His harlequin hatched from an egg by sun-heat is highly spoken of; Jackson calls it a masterpiece of dumb show.Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
Harlequin, clown, and p. 170pantaloon, are they not all very dreary in their mirth?The Night Side of London|J. Ewing Ritchie
Word Origin for harlequin
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).