- the art or technique of conveying emotions, actions, feelings, etc., by gestures without speech.
- a play or entertainment in which the performers express themselves mutely by gestures, often to the accompaniment of music.
- significant gesture without speech.
- an actor in dumb show, as in ancient Rome.
- Also called Christmas pantomime. a form of theatrical spectacle common in England during the Christmas season, generally adapted from a fairy tale and including stock character types who perform songs and dances, tell jokes, etc.
- to represent or express in pantomime.
- to express oneself in pantomime.
Origin of pantomime
Examples from the Web for pantomime
So I watched him pantomime skating, and I thought well if he can do it, I can do it.Emmys 2013: Julie Bowen’s Favorite ‘Modern Family’ Moments (VIDEO)
September 4, 2013
A pantomime horse plays a role, as does a sardonic hand puppet.‘Family Tree’ Brings Christopher Guest’s Mockumentary Style to HBO
May 8, 2013
“Grimaldi was pantomime,” writes Andrew McConnell Scott in his biography, The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi.The Best of Brit Lit
February 24, 2010
A pantomime produced at Covent Garden, and published in 1778.The Fall of British Tyranny
I thanked him as best I could in pantomime and approached the walls.
"You're really like a child at a pantomime, Babs," he laughed, when they were alone.The Education of Eric Lane
He was the dwarf policeman in Holland's pantomime in the winter-time!
A mortuary, a dissecting-chamber, or a pantomime property-room?
- (in Britain)
- a kind of play performed at Christmas time characterized by farce, music, lavish sets, stock roles, and topical jokesSometimes shortened to: panto
- (as modifier)a pantomime horse
- a theatrical entertainment in which words are replaced by gestures and bodily actions
- action without words as a means of expression
- (in ancient Rome) an actor in a dumb show
- informal, mainly British a confused or farcical situation
- another word for mime (def. 5)
Word Origin and History for pantomime
1610s, "mime actor," from Latin pantomimus "mime, dancer," from Greek pantomimos "actor," literally "imitator of all," from panto- (genitive of pan) "all" (see pan-) + mimos "imitator" (see mime (n.)).
Meaning "drama or play without words" first recorded 1735. The English dramatic performances so called, usually at Christmas and with words and songs and stock characters, are attested by this name from 1739; said to have originated c.1717. Related: Pantomimic; pantomimical.
1768, from pantomime (n.). Related: Pantomimed; pantomiming.