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Pierrot

[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.
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Origin of Pierrot

1735–45; < French, diminutive of Pierre Peter
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Related Words

fool, jester, mime, buffoon, comedian, comic, prankster, cut-up, madcap, harlequin, wag, ribald, jokester, punch, joker, mountebank, wit, zany, antic, humorist

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

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

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

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

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

    Scaramouche

    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

Pierrot

noun
  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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Word Origin and History for pierrot

n.

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

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