noun, plural pan·tos. British.

Origin of panto

by shortening


a combining form synonymous with pan-: pantology.
Also especially before a vowel, pant-.

Origin of panto-

combining form representing Greek pant- (stem of pâs) all Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for panto

Historical Examples of panto

  • No: I won't go into panto—not if Frankie goes down on his knees to me.


    Cynthia Stockley

  • Did you know any of the critics when you were down at Slagtown for the Panto?

    Voces Populi

    F. Anstey

  • "I once was in the chorus in a panto at Hanbridge," she said.

    The Regent

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • Panto was indeed the mainstay of his business; it was even the warp and woof of his life.

  • I don't grudge letting the rest of the company have their fling at other times—but with the panto comes my turn.

    Trelawny of The "Wells"

    Arthur W. Pinero

British Dictionary definitions for panto


noun plural -tos

British informal short for pantomime (def. 1)


before a vowel pant-

combining form

allpantisocracy; pantofle; pantograph; pantomime

Word Origin for panto-

from Greek pant-, pas
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