harlequinade

[ hahr-luh-kwi-neyd, -ki- ]
/ ˌhɑr lə kwɪˈneɪd, -kɪ- /

noun

a pantomime, farce, or similar play in which Harlequin plays the principal part.

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Origin of harlequinade

From the French word arlequinade, dating back to 1770–80. See harlequin, -ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for harlequinade

harlequinade
/ (ˌhɑːlɪkwɪˈneɪd) /

noun

(sometimes capital) theatre a play or part of a pantomime in which harlequin has a leading role
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