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har·le·quin

 (här′lĭ-kwĭn, -kĭn)
n.
1. Harlequin A conventional buffoon of the commedia dell'arte, traditionally presented in a mask and parti-colored tights.
2. A clown; a buffoon.
adj.
Having a pattern of brightly colored diamond shapes.

[Obsolete French, from Old French Herlequin, Hellequin, a demon, perhaps from Middle English *Herleking, from Old English Herla cyning, King Herla, a mythical figure identified with Woden.]
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harlequin

(ˈhɑːlɪkwɪn)
n
1. (Theatre) (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
2. a clown or buffoon
adj
3. varied in colour or decoration
4. (Zoology) (of certain animals) having a white coat with irregular patches of black or other dark colour: harlequin Great Dane.
5. comic; ludicrous
[C16: from Old French Herlequin, Hellequin leader of band of demon horsemen, perhaps from Middle English Herle king (unattested) King Herle, mythical being identified with Woden]
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har•le•quin

(ˈhɑr lə kwɪn, -kɪn)

n.
1. (often cap.) a comic character in commedia dell'arte and the harlequinade, usu. masked, dressed in multicolored, diamond-patterned tights, and carrying a wooden sword or magic wand.
2. a buffoon.
adj.
3. fancifully colorful.
[1580–90; < French, Middle French (h)arlequin < Italian arlecchino < Old French *harlequin, halequin a malevolent spirit, probably < Middle English *Herla king, Old English *Her(e)la cyning King Herle, presumably a legendary figure, rendered in Anglo-Latin as Herla rex]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harlequin - a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)harlequin - a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)
merry andrew, buffoon, clown, goof, goofball - a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
Verb1.harlequin - variegate with spots or marks; "His face was harlequined with patches"
dapple, mottle, cloud - colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
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harlequin

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Translations

Harlequin

[ˈhɑːlɪkwɪn] NArlequín
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Harlequin

n (Theat) → Harlekin m, → Hanswurst m
adjHarlekin(s)-; Harlequin costumeHarlekin(s)kostüm nt

harlequin

n (= colourful)bunt; harlequin glassesbuntes Brillengestell
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IN THE theatre of the commedia dell'arte, the character of Arlecchino can be recognised by two props - his mask and his slapstick.
Un esempio di cinema popolare che ha attinto all'immaginario di Dante e fornito da due film comici, Toto al giro d'Italia (Mario Mattoli, 1948) e Toto all'lnferno (Camillo Mastrocinque, 1955), nei quali Toto, moderno Arlecchino, sembra cogliere gli aspetti piu genuini dello stile comico dantesco, perlopiu sfuggiti ad altri interpreti della Commedia.
"The Travelling Arlecchino Project." Felt, June 2012, pp.
Summary: The closing performance of Lebanon's European Theatre Festival was a contemporary adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's well-known commedia dell'arte play "Arlecchino Servant of Two Masters."
Though this book is hard to get hold of as a totality, I found much to enjoy in the detail: male actors fighting to the death to defend the morality of their women (Raimondo Guarino); Tristano Martinelli making a calculated use of folk culture when inventing the role of Arlecchino (Riccardo Drusi); the riches of an actor's sourcebook (Stefan Hulfeld); Konstantin Stanislavski rather than Vsevolod Meyerhold learning from commedia about the art of improvisation (Franco Ruffini); and a scheme to turn commedia into Italian cultural heritage (Christopher Balme).
Which stock character of the commedia dell'arte and lover of Columbine was known as Arlecchino in Renaissance Italy?
Bambino Arlecchino, a filling machine designed specifically for nail polish that operates at up to 40 bottles/min, with a servo-driven diving nozzle.
The relationship with Italian improvised comedy even extends to the use of props: the club with which Ocana threatens Torrente (3.2101-04), which he ironically refers to as "Martas" (Sable), suggests the same kind of club that one sees in pictures of Arlecchino (see Figure 1).
DISCUSSION: The name harlequin is derived from the dress of harlequin clowns (Resembling the costume of Arlecchino) that have diamond like patches similar to the plaques seen on the skin of the affected babies.
John Smith Square, and Ben Kerslake, creator of Arlecchino in the world premiere of Dove's Pinocchio, TICKETS Go to swanseacityopera.com for full dates and details who will alternate the role of Dr.