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[pan-tag-roo-el, -uh l, pan-tuh-groo-uh l; French pahn-ta-gry-el]
  1. (in Rabelais' Pantagruel) the huge son of Gargantua, represented as dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humor.
  2. (italics) a satirical novel (1532) by Rabelais.
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Related formsPan·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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Historical Examples of pantagruel

  • A comment of Rabelais in his Pantagruel, adds to the general reproach.

    The Counts of Gruyre

    Mrs. Reginald de Koven

  • A prominent character in Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais.

  • After so much labor and so many years, what did Pantagruel know?

  • But have you noticed how Pantagruel is at once the most important and the least important figure in the book?


    Arthur Machen

  • And I have seen that French women do not read the 'Pantagruel.'

British Dictionary definitions for pantagruel


  1. a gigantic prince, noted for his ironical buffoonery, in Rabelais' satire Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534)
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Derived FormsPantagruelian or Pantagruelic, adjectivePantagruelism, nounPantagruelist, noun
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