noun, sometimes capitalized
gui·​gnol | \ gēnˈyȯl, -yōl \
plural -s

Definition of guignol

1 : puppet especially : hand puppet — compare marionette
3 : a theatrical production featuring melodramatic tension, horror, and shock

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History and Etymology for 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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“Guignol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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