Harlequin meaning

härlĭ-kwĭn, -kĭn
(person, proper) 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.
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A conventional buffoon of the commedia dell'arte, traditionally presented in a mask and parti-colored tights.
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A clown; a buffoon.
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Having a pattern of brightly colored diamond shapes.
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A clown; buffoon.
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Comic; ludicrous.
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Of many colors; colorful.
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A pantomime fool, typically dressed in checkered clothes.
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Brightly coloured, especially in a pattern like that of a harlequin clown's clothes.
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To remove or conjure away, as if by a harlequin's trick.
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(intransitive) To make sport by playing ludicrous tricks.
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Origin of harlequin

  • Obsolete 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary