Other Word Forms of Harlequin
Origin of Harlequin
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.
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
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