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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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1. (Theatre) (sometimes capital) theatre a play or part of a pantomime in which harlequin has a leading role
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har•le•quin•ade(ˌhɑr lə kwɪˈneɪd, -kɪ-)
1. a pantomime, farce, or similar play in which Harlequin plays the principal part.
[1770–80; < French arlequinade]
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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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