Pierrot

noun

Pier·​rot ˈpē-ə-ˌrō How to pronounce Pierrot (audio)
: a stock comic character of old French pantomime usually having a whitened face and wearing loose white clothes

Examples of Pierrot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the modern-day Pierrot Grenade may not have as many verbal sparring partners as before, his presence continues to add vibrancy and depth to carnival celebrations, reminding us of the power of humor and satire in reflecting and shaping society. Melissa Noel, Essence, 13 Feb. 2024 The character is also inspired by 17th-century Italian clown Pierrot, fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and Donna Summer, per the same release. Eric Torres, Pitchfork, 22 Jan. 2024 The crooner displaced the commedia dell'arte Pierrot on my list of (sad) male archetypes this year. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 23 Dec. 2023 But Stevie, as delicate and melancholy as a Pierrot and twice as confident, does not hear her curses. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

French, diminutive of Pierre Peter

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pierrot was in 1726

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“Pierrot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pierrot. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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