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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.
pan•to•mim•ist(ˈpæn təˌmaɪ mɪst)
1. a person who acts in pantomime.
2. the author of a pantomime.