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1. Communication by means of gesture and facial expression: Some tourists make themselves understood abroad by pantomime.
a. The telling of a story without words, by means of bodily movements, gestures, and facial expressions.
b. A play, dance, or other theatrical performance characterized by such wordless storytelling.
c. An ancient Roman theatrical performance in which one actor played all the parts by means of gesture and movement, accompanied by a narrative chorus.
d. A player in such a performance.
3. A traditional British Christmas entertainment for children, usually based on nursery tales and featuring stock characters in costume who sing, dance, and perform skits.
v. pan·to·mimed, pan·to·mim·ing, pan·to·mimes
To represent or express by pantomime: pantomime a story on the stage; pantomimed "baby" by cradling an imaginary infant.
To express oneself in pantomime.

[Latin pantomīmus, a pantomimic actor, from Greek pantomīmos : panto-, all (from pās, pant-; see pan-) + mīmos, mime.]

pan′to·mim′ic (-mĭm′ĭk) adj.
pan′to·mim′ist (-mī′mĭst) n.
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(ˈpæn təˌmaɪ mɪst)

1. a person who acts in pantomime.
2. the author of a pantomime.
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Noun1.pantomimist - an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expressionpantomimist - an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression
actor, histrion, thespian, role player, player - a theatrical performer
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References in classic literature ?
'This is Mr Lenville, who does our first tragedy, Mr Johnson,' said the pantomimist.
From every street and every corner drove carriages filled with clowns, harlequins, dominoes, mummers, pantomimists, Transteverins, knights, and peasants, screaming, fighting, gesticulating, throwing eggs filled with flour, confetti, nosegays, attacking, with their sarcasms and their missiles, friends and foes, companions and strangers, indiscriminately, and no one took offence, or did anything but laugh.
Skelton's characters include Clem Kadiddlehopper, Cauliflower McPugg and Freddie The Freeloader, as well as himself as a master pantomimist.
Contrariwise he was intimidated by the acoustics of Covent Garden, and strongly resisted the idea of working for its domineering owner-manager, the pantomimist and harlequin, John Rich.
From my vantage point, which was sometimes no further than an inch from his face, and one time nose on nose, Sid Caesar was inarguably the greatest pantomimist, monologist and single sketch comedian who ever worked in television.
The show consists of a collection of black and white photographs: portraits of a young man in a suit, a young woman wearing a black dress and a pantomimist. These characters are portrayed in isolation from each other as well as together.