[ pee-uh-roh; French pye-roh ]
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noun,plural Pi·er·rots [pee-uh-rohz; French pye-roh]. /ˌpi əˈroʊz; French pyɛˈroʊ/.
  1. a male character in certain French pantomime, having a whitened face and wearing a loose, white, fancy costume.

  2. (lowercase) an actor, masquerader, or buffoon so made up.

Origin of Pierrot

1735–45; <French, diminutive of Pierre Peter

Words Nearby Pierrot

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How to use Pierrot in a sentence

  • But she hits the mark more than she misses, e.g., a debauched rock star is described as looking like “a Pierrot gone bad.”

  • It was a corso blanc, and everyone wore white—chiefly modifications of Pierrot costume—and everyone was masked.

  • Punch and Punchinello, or Pierre and Pierrot are the father and the son of the ancient holy-days or holidays.

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley
  • Marie Beaugrand she spoke of, but Marie's fiancé, the last finder of the amethyst, she simply called Pierrot.

    Earth's Enigmas | Charles G. D. Roberts
  • As it happened, however, there was no mention of Pierrot Desbarat's surname in Jessie's account.

    Earth's Enigmas | Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The fact that Pierrot did not appear again was noticed by no single person.

    Day and Night Stories | Algernon Blackwood

British Dictionary definitions for Pierrot


/ (ˈpɪərəʊ, French pjɛro) /

  1. a male character from French pantomime with a whitened face, white costume, and pointed hat

  2. (usually not capital) a clown or masquerader so made up

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