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har·le·quin·ade

 (här′lĭ-kwə-nād′)
n.
1. A comedy or pantomime in which Harlequin is the main attraction.
2. Farcical clowning or buffoonery.

[Obsolete French, from harlequin, harlequin; see harlequin.]
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harlequinade

(ˌhɑːlɪkwɪˈneɪd)
n
1. (Theatre) (sometimes capital) theatre a play or part of a pantomime in which harlequin has a leading role
2. buffoonery
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har•le•quin•ade

(ˌhɑr lə kwɪˈneɪd, -kɪ-)

n.
1. a pantomime, farce, or similar play in which Harlequin plays the principal part.
2. buffoonery.
[1770–80; < French arlequinade]
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harlequinade

a performance involving Harlequin or other characters of the Commedia dell’Arte; hence, buffoonery or clownish behavior. Also harlequinery.
See also: Behavior
a performance involving Harlequin or other characters of the Commedia dell’Arte; hence, buffoonery or clownish behavior. Also called harlequinery.
See also: Performing
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harlequinade - acting like a clown or buffoonharlequinade - acting like a clown or buffoon  
foolery, tomfoolery, lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence - foolish or senseless behavior
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik - (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning; "his shtik made us laugh"
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"A harlequinade's the quickest thing we can do, for two reasons.
Although undated, another print shows Madame Auriol as Columbine in the pantomime Harlequinade, the debut of which is recorded as 1815.
Although undated, another print shows Madame Auriol appearing as Columbine in the pantomime Harlequinade, the debut of which is recorded as 1815.
It marked the beginning of an impressive theatre stint, from portraying William Shakespeare in Shakespeare In Love, to joining Sir Kenneth Branagh's repertory company at the Garrick, where he landed a role in The Winter's Tale alongside Dame Judi Dench, and appeared in Sir Kenneth's Harlequinade.
It marked the beginning of an impressive theatre stint, from portraying William Shakespeare in Shakespeare In Love, to joining Kenneth Branagh's repertory company at the Garrick, where he landed a role in The Winter's Tale alongside Dame Judi Dench, and appeared in Branagh's Harlequinade.
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While Clown was a stock harlequinade character played by countless
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