Theatrical portrait of harlequin

Month 2 – Word of the day 24




(sometimes capital) ( theatre) a stock comic character originating in the commedia dell’arte; the foppish lover of Columbine in the English harlequinade.

He is usually represented in diamond-patterned multicoloured tights, wearing a black mask


a clown or buffoon


varied in colour or decoration

The word originated from Old French Herlequin, Hellequin, etc., leader of la maisnie Hellequin, a troop of demons who rode the night air on horses.

In English pantomime, a mute character who carries a magic wand.His Italian form, arlecchino, is one of the stock characters of commedia del’arte. From his ludicrous dress comes the English adjective meaning“particolored”


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