pan·​to | \ ˈpan-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce panto (audio) \
plural pantos

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Recent Examples on the Web Pantomime theater — panto for short — is one of Britain’s great festive traditions, up there with mince pies and the queen’s speech. Washington Post, "Live updates: Senate passes coronavirus relief package; Biden receives vaccine," 22 Dec. 2020 Many more are live-streaming Christmas or panto shows online, including venerable venues like the National Theatre and Old Vic. Washington Post, "Britain’s holiday tradition of outrageous pantomime theater has a pandemic plot twist: Drive-in shows," 19 Dec. 2020 William and Kate took George, Charlotte and Louis to the @LondonPalladium for a special pre-Christmas panto this afternoon. Stephanie Petit,, "Your Royal 'Height'-ness! Prince George Is Taking After Tall Kate Middleton and Prince William," 11 Dec. 2020 Whether a children’s panto, Shakespearean comedy, or a modern drama by Tracy Letts, their consummate professionalism immediately establishes a captivating mise-en-scène that suspends any wayward disbelief. Jim Rutter,, "'Romeo and Juliet: A Requiem' at People's Light: A good try at reimagining a classic, but lacks the original's power," 29 Apr. 2018 All this, to be sure, is wrapped in a package that is largely forgettable and uninspired, all hewing to the formula of traditional British panto. Wei-huan Chen, Houston Chronicle, "'Sleeping Beauty' brings people together at TUTS," 15 Dec. 2017 The British panto has taken Southern California by storm, thanks largely to Kris and Becky Lythgoe, whose passion for the form has paved the way to sellouts. F. Kathleen Foley,, "The 99-Seat Beat: A theater in fire-scarred Ventura makes its holiday wish," 15 Dec. 2017 Piccolo Theatre has been bringing the British tradition of holiday panto performances to the North Shore for 17 years. Samantha Nelson,, "Festive plays at suburban theaters look to brighten your holidays," 11 Dec. 2017

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1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Panto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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