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harlequin

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noun har·le·quin \ˈhär-li-k(w)ən\

Simple Definition of harlequin

  • : a pattern of diamond-shaped figures of different colors

  • : a comic character in old stories and plays who wears a mask and colorful clothes with a diamond pattern

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of harlequin

  1. 1 a capitalized :  a character in comedy and pantomime with a shaved head, masked face, variegated tights, and wooden sword b :  buffoon

  2. 2 a :  a variegated pattern (as of a textile) b :  a combination of patches on a solid ground of contrasting color (as in the coats of some dogs)

Examples of harlequin in a sentence

  1. <among the court entertainers waiting to enter the grand hall were masked harlequins in brightly colored pantaloons>



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Origin and Etymology of harlequin

ultimately from Italian arlecchino, from Middle French Helquin, a demon


First Known Use: 1590

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