[pee-uh-roh; French pye-roh]

noun, plural Pi·er·rots [pee-uh-rohz; French pye-roh] /ˌpi əˈroʊz; French pyɛˈroʊ/.

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

1735–45; < French, diminutive of Pierre Peter
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Examples from the Web for pierrot

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.”

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    J.K. Rowling’s Hardboiled Hoax

    Malcolm Jones

    July 17, 2013

Historical Examples of pierrot

  • The whole company, pressing after Pierrot, abandoned itself to laughter.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • "That is the delusion proper to Pierrot," said Pantaloon, contemptuously.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Violently he shook off the restraining hand of Pierrot who sat on his left.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • After a tedious hour of expectation, Pierrot made his appearance.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • That was the genius of poets like Dowson, and pierrot was the master of them all.

    Adventures in the Arts

    Marsden Hartley

British Dictionary definitions for pierrot



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
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Word Origin and History for pierrot

stock character in French pantomime, in English, "a buffoon," from French Pierrot, diminutive of Pierre; considered a typical name of a French peasant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper