harlequinade

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

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

Nearby words

  1. harlequin bug,
  2. harlequin duck,
  3. harlequin fetus,
  4. harlequin opal,
  5. harlequin table,
  6. harlequinesque,
  7. harley,
  8. harley street,
  9. harley, robert, 1st earl of oxford,
  10. harlingen

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
buffoonery
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