- a traditional comic character in pantomime, who wears a mask and spangled, diamond-patterned tights of many colors and sometimes carries a wooden wand or sword
- [h-] a clown; buffoon
Origin of HarlequinFrench harlequin, arlequin from Old French hierlekin, hellequin, demon: French sense and form influenced, influence by Italian arlecchino from same Old French source
- comic; ludicrous
- of many colors; colorful
- Harlequin A conventional buffoon of the commedia dell'arte, traditionally presented in a mask and parti-colored tights.
- A clown; a buffoon.
Origin of harlequinObsolete French from Old French Herlequin, Hellequin a demon perhaps from Middle English Herleking from Old English Herla cyning King Herla, a mythical figure identified with Woden
- Because of its origin in the name of an Italian theatrical character, English Harlequin is often used as a proper name.
- brightly coloured, especially in a pattern like that of a harlequin clown's clothes
(third-person singular simple present harlequins, present participle harlequining, simple past and past participle harlequined)
- To remove or conjure away, as if by a harlequin's trick.
- (intransitive) To make sport by playing ludicrous tricks.
From Middle French Harlequin (in Italian Arlecchino, the name of a popular servant character in commedia dell'arte plays) from Old French *Harlequin, Halequin, Herlequin, Hellequin (“a demon, malevolent spirit”), connected to the Old English figure of Herla Cyning (“King Herla”), a mythical figure identified with Woden.