commedia dell'artecom·me·dia dell'ar·te
a type of Italian comedy developed in the 16th through 18th cent. and employing a stereotyped plot, improvised dialogue, and stock characters such as Pantaloon, Harlequin, and Columbine
Origin of commedia dell'arteIt, literally , comedy of art
A type of comedy developed in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries and characterized by improvisation from a standard plot outline and the use of stock characters, often in traditional masks and costumes.
Origin of commedia dell'arteItalian commedia comedy dell'arte of the guild, professional ( from arte art, craft, guild )
The Actors of the Commedia dell'Arte by Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743)