[pee-uh-roh; French pye-roh]
- 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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Related Wordsfool, jester, mime, buffoon, comedian, comic, prankster, cut-up, madcap, harlequin, wag, ribald, jokester, punch, joker, mountebank, wit, zany, antic, humorist
Examples from the Web for 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
The whole company, pressing after Pierrot, abandoned itself to laughter.
"That is the delusion proper to Pierrot," said Pantaloon, contemptuously.
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
That was the genius of poets like Dowson, and pierrot was the master of them all.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
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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