A pantomime making a gesture.
An example of pantomime is an actor knocking into the air, pretending to be knocking on a door.
- in ancient Rome
- an actor who played his part by gestures and action without words
- a drama played in action and gestures to the accompaniment of music or of words sung by a chorus
- any dramatic presentation played without words, using only action and gestures
- the art of acting in this way
- action or gestures without words as a means of expression
- in England, a type of entertainment presented at Christmastime, ending in a harlequinade
Origin of pantomimeClassical Latin pantomimus ; from Classical Greek pantomimos ; from pantos (see panto-) + mimos, a mimic, actor
- 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.
- A traditional British Christmas entertainment for children, usually based on nursery tales and featuring stock characters in costume who sing, dance, and perform skits.
verbpan·to·mimed, pan·to·mim·ing, pan·to·mimes
Origin of pantomimeLatin pantom&imacron;mus, a pantomimic actor, from Greek pantom&imacron;mos : panto-, all (from pas, pant-; see pan–) + m&imacron;mos, mime.
- (now rare) A Classical comic actor, especially one who works mainly through gesture and mime. [from 17th c.]
- (historical) The drama in ancient Greece and Rome featuring such performers; or (later) any of various kinds of performance modelled on such work. [from 17th c.]
- (UK) A traditional theatrical entertainment, originally based on the commedia dell'arte, but later aimed mostly at children and involving physical comedy, topical jokes, and fairy-tale plots. [from 18th c.]
- Gesturing without speaking; dumb-show, mime. [from 18th c.]
(third-person singular simple present pantomimes, present participle pantomiming, simple past and past participle pantomimed)
Circa 17th century, from Latin pantomīmus, from Ancient Greek παντόμιμος (pantomimos), from πᾶς (pas, “each, all”) + μιμέομαι (mimeomai, “I mimic”).