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pantomime

play
noun pan·to·mime \ˈpan-tə-ˌmīm\

Simple Definition of pantomime

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  pantomimist

  2. 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. 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 play \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

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pantomime

verb pan·to·mime

Simple Definition of pantomime

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

Full Definition of pantomime

pantomimedpantomim·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in pantomime

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to represent by pantomime

Examples of pantomime

  1. He pantomimed someone talking on the phone.



1768

First Known Use of pantomime

1768

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