[ pan-toh ]
/ ˈpæn toʊ /
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noun, plural pan·tos.British.
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Origin of panto

By shortening

Other definitions for panto (2 of 2)


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
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What does panto- mean?

Panto- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “all.” It is occasionally used in a variety of scientific and technical terms.

Panto- comes from the Greek pâs, meaning “all.” The equivalent form derived from Latin is omni-, as in omnivore, which comes from Latin omnis, “all.”

What are variants of panto-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, panto- becomes pant-, as in pantalgia. Another common variant of panto- is pan-, as in panhuman.

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-?

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.

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The combining form -logy is used to denote areas of study, like biology or anthropology. With this in mind, what is pantology?

How to use panto in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for panto (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpæntəʊ) /

noun plural -tos
British informal short for pantomime (def. 1)

British Dictionary definitions for panto (2 of 2)


before a vowel pant-

combining form
allpantisocracy; pantofle; pantograph; pantomime

Word Origin for panto-

from Greek pant-, pas
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