- a male character in certain French pantomime, having a whitened face and wearing a loose, white, fancy costume.
- (lowercase) an actor, masquerader, or buffoon so made up.
Origin of Pierrot
Related Words for pierrotfool, jester, mime, buffoon, comedian, comic, prankster, cut-up, madcap, harlequin, wag, ribald, jokester, punch, joker, mountebank, wit, zany, antic, humorist
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Contemporary Examples of pierrot
But she hits the mark more than she misses, e.g., a debauched rock star is described as looking like “a Pierrot gone bad.”J.K. Rowling’s Hardboiled Hoax
July 17, 2013
Historical Examples of pierrot
"That is the delusion proper to Pierrot," said Pantaloon, contemptuously.
The whole company, pressing after Pierrot, abandoned itself to laughter.
Violently he shook off the restraining hand of Pierrot who sat on his left.
After a tedious hour of expectation, Pierrot made his appearance.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Pierrot of the glass, with the hours dripping away in fine, gold rain.Adventures in the Arts
- a male character from French pantomime with a whitened face, white costume, and pointed hat
- (usually not capital) a clown or masquerader so made up
stock character in French pantomime, in English, "a buffoon," from French Pierrot, diminutive of Pierre; considered a typical name of a French peasant.