noun, sometimes capitalized gui·gnol \gēnˈyȯl, -yōl\

Definition of guignol



  1. 1 :  puppet; especially :  hand puppet — compare marionette

  2. 2 :  puppet show

  3. 3 :  a theatrical production featuring melodramatic tension, horror, and shock

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Origin and Etymology of guignol

French, probably after Guignol, reputed name of a silkworker of Lyons and character of the puppet theater which Laurent Mourquet installed there for the earliest performance (in 1795) of French puppet shows

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a brief usually trivial fact

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