pantomime


1pan·to·mime

noun \ˈpan-tə-ˌmīm\

: a way of expressing information or telling a story without words by using body movements and facial expressions

: a performance in which a story is told without words by using body movements and facial expressions

: a play for children performed during the Christmas season that is based on a fairy tale and includes singing and dancing

Full Definition of PANTOMIME

2
a :  an ancient Roman dramatic performance featuring a solo dancer and a narrative chorus
b :  any of various dramatic or dancing performances in which a story is told by expressive bodily or facial movements of the performers
c :  a British theatrical entertainment of the Christmas season based on a nursery tale and featuring topical songs, tableaux, and dances
3
a :  conveyance of a story by bodily or facial movements especially in drama or dance
b :  the art or genre of conveying a story by bodily movements only
pan·to·mim·ic \ˌpan-tə-ˈmi-mik\ adjective

Examples of PANTOMIME

  1. In the game of charades, one player uses pantomime to represent a word or phrase that the other players have to try to guess.
  2. We saw pantomimes at the fair.
  3. a ballet that is part dance and part pantomime

Origin of PANTOMIME

Latin pantomimus, from pant- + mimus mime
First Known Use: 1589

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

2pantomime

verb

: to make the movements of someone who is doing something without actually doing it

pantomimedpantomim·ing

Full Definition of PANTOMIME

intransitive verb
:  to engage in pantomime
transitive verb
:  to represent by pantomime

Examples of PANTOMIME

  1. He pantomimed someone talking on the phone.

First Known Use of PANTOMIME

1768

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

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