Origin of panto
Other definitions for panto (2 of 2)
Origin of panto-
WORDS THAT USE PANTO-
What does panto- mean?
What are variants of panto-?
Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles on pan- and pant-.
Examples of panto-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features panto- is pantomime, “the art or technique of conveying emotions through gestures without speech.” Pantomime comes from the Greek pantómīmos, which uses the equivalent form of panto- in the language.
We know panto- means “all,” so the -mime portion of the word? Mime comes from the Greek mîmos, meaning “imitator.” Pantomime literally translates to “imitator of all.”
What are some words that use the combining form panto-?
- pantomimist (using the equivalent form of panto- in Greek)
- pantothenic acid (using the equivalent form of panto- in Greek)
- pantothere (using the equivalent form of panto- in Latin)
What are some other forms that panto- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters panto-, such as pantofle, is necessarily using the combining form panto- to denote “all.” Learn why pantofle means “slipper” at our entry for the word.
How to use panto in a sentence
Panto was indeed the mainstay of his business; it was even the warp and woof of his life.
No: I won't go into panto—not if Frankie goes down on his knees to me.Poppy|Cynthia Stockley
Did you know any of the critics when you were down at Slagtown for the Panto?Voces Populi|F. Anstey
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
No, sir; that is a dissolving view, oxy-calcium, panto-sciostereoscopticon.Duffels|Edward Eggleston