[hahr-luh-kwi-neyd, -ki-]

Origin of harlequinade

From the French word arlequinade, dating back to 1770–80. See harlequin, -ade1
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Examples from the Web for harlequinade

Historical Examples of harlequinade

  • The scenes described are as full of movement as a harlequinade.

    The Heroine

    Eaton Stannard Barrett

  • At the end of the harlequinade he sank down on one knee and kissed her hand.

    The History of Pendennis

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • On the 10th he performed in a harlequinade, entitled, “The Man in the Moon.”

    Norfolk Annals

    Charles Mackie

  • A bit high-spirited when they come on in the harlequinade, but all in good part.


    Compton Mackenzie

  • We did Belphegor and The Witch and a harlequinade last night.

British Dictionary definitions for harlequinade


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