Pantagruel

[ pan-tag-roo-el, -uh l, pan-tuh-groo-uh l; French pahn-ta-gry-el ]
/ pænˈtæg ruˌɛl, -əl, ˌpæn təˈgru əl; French pɑ̃ ta grüˈɛl /

noun

(in Rabelais' Pantagruel) the huge son of Gargantua, represented as dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humor.
(italics) a satirical novel (1532) by Rabelais.
Compare Gargantua.

Related forms

Pan·ta·gru·el·i·an [pan-tuh-groo-el-ee-uh n] /ˌpæn tə gruˈɛl i ən/, adjectivePan·ta·gru·el·i·cal·ly, adverbPan·ta·gru·el·ism [pan-tuh-groo-uh-liz-uh m, pan-tag-roo-uh-liz-uh m] /ˌpæn təˈgru əˌlɪz əm, pænˈtæg ru əˌlɪz əm/, nounPan·ta·gru·el·ist, noun
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Pantagruel

/ (pænˈtæɡruːɛl) /

noun

a gigantic prince, noted for his ironical buffoonery, in Rabelais' satire Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534)

Derived Forms

Pantagruelian or Pantagruelic, adjectivePantagruelism, nounPantagruelist, noun
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