Definition of harlequin
1a capitalized : a character in comedy and pantomime with a shaved head, masked face, variegated tights, and wooden sword
b : buffoon
2a : a variegated pattern (as of a textile)
b : a combination of patches on a solid ground of contrasting color (as in the coats of some dogs)
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