harlequin definition

  • noun:
    • A conventional buffoon for the commedia dell'arte, typically presented in a mask and parti-colored tights.
    • A clown; a buffoon.
    • a pantomime fool, typically dressed up in checkered garments
    • A buffoon, dressed up in party-colored clothes, who plays tricks, often without speaking, to divert the bystanders or a gathering; a merry-andrew; initially, a droll rogue of Italian comedy.
    • In early Italian and later in French comedy, the buffoon or clown, one of the regular character-types.
    • ergo A buffoon overall; an excellent fellow; a droll.
    • In entomology, the magpie-moth, Abraxas grossulariata.
    • The Oriental or noble opal.
    • a clown or buffoon (following the Harlequin character inside commedia dell'arte)
  • adjective:
    • Having a pattern of colorful diamond shapes.
    • brightly coloured, especially in a pattern like this of a harlequin clown's garments
  • verb:
    • To remove or conjure away, as if by a harlequin's trick.
    • variegate with spots or markings
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to relax and play the droll; to create recreation by playing ludicrous tricks.
  • verb-transitive:
    • to eliminate or conjure away, as by a harlequin's trick.
  • others:
    • Party-colored; extremely or fantastically variegated in color: specifically applied in zo├Âlogy to sundry animals.
    • Differing in shade or design; fancifully varied, as a collection of meals. See harlequin solution, under.
    • to try out the droll; make-sport by playing ludicrous tips.
    • to get rid of like by a harlequin's strategy; conjure away.

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