pantomime

noun
pan·​to·​mime | \ ˈpan-tə-ˌmīm How to pronounce pantomime (audio) \

Definition of pantomime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : an ancient Roman dramatic performance featuring a solo dancer and a narrative chorus
b : any of various dramatic or dancing performances in which a story is told by expressive bodily or facial movements of the performers a ballet that is part dance and part pantomime
c : a British theatrical entertainment of the Christmas season based on a nursery tale and featuring topical songs, tableaux, and dances
3a : conveyance of a story by bodily or facial movements especially in drama or dance
b : the art or genre of conveying a story by bodily movements only

pantomime

verb
pantomimed; pantomiming

Definition of pantomime (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to engage in pantomime

transitive verb

: to represent by pantomime

Other Words from pantomime

Noun

pantomimic \ ˌpan-​tə-​ˈmi-​mik How to pronounce pantomime (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for pantomime

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pantomime in a Sentence

Noun In the game of charades, one player uses pantomime to represent a word or phrase that the other players have to try to guess. We saw pantomimes at the fair. a ballet that is part dance and part pantomime Verb He pantomimed someone talking on the phone.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The display also features outfits from an Aladdin pantomime, where the future Queen played the title role wearing a gold brocade and turquoise jacket with turquoise dungarees and matching hat. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 5 Jan. 2022 This was some years before the popularity of Bloomsday, that happy pantomime of literary Dubliners going about in straw boaters or long skirts on June 16. Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, 5 Jan. 2022 An extra dose of vaccine—even one that’s an imperfect pantomime of Omicron—would shore up important defenses in advance of a surge. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 8 Dec. 2021 The Drury Lane pantomime…is a symbol of our nation. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 15 Dec. 2021 The pieces include outfits from an Aladdin pantomime, where the future Queen played the title role wearing a gold brocade and turquoise jacket with turquoise dungarees and matching hat. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 25 Nov. 2021 The pieces include outfits from an Aladdin pantomime, where the future Queen played the title role wearing a gold brocade and turquoise jacket with turquoise dungarees and matching hat. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 25 Nov. 2021 The only one who begins mistaking the pantomime for something substantive is, of course, Kendall. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2021 The pieces include outfits from an Aladdin pantomime, where the future Queen played the title role wearing a gold brocade and turquoise jacket with turquoise dungarees and matching hat. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 26 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the play clock ticked down toward zero, American Heritage quarterback Blake Murphy took the snap and appeared to pantomime a spike into the ground, consistent with feigning a frustrated reaction to a delay-of-game penalty. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Sep. 2021 What’s happening with the jacobins has a distant parallel in damselflies, insects whose females pantomime the patterns of males to stave off excessive copulation. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 26 Aug. 2021 For example, Cogdill might ask applicants to pantomime a scene, such as walking across a frozen pond without skates. Sara Mosle, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2020 But unlike other classic Harmonix games, which ask you to pantomime your favorite bands, Fuser opens players up to a DJ's unique creation process. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 30 June 2020 Mostert celebrates his touchdowns by pantomiming a surfer catching a wave. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 19 Jan. 2020 In the stands, filmmaker and Yankees fan Spike Lee pantomimed a call to the bullpen. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, 2 Oct. 2019 When notorious White Hart Lane pantomime villain (no pun intended here) Tim Sherwood took the Aston Villa job, Spurs fans circled April 11 2015 in their calendars for his return to N17. SI.com, 25 Sep. 2019 There’s plenty of opportunity for pantomiming, and its stop-and-start quiz show energy encourages audience participation. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pantomime

Noun

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1768, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for pantomime

Noun and Verb

Latin pantomimus, from pant- + mimus mime

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12 Jan 2022

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“Pantomime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pantomime. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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pantomime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pantomime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a way of expressing information or telling a story without words by using body movements and facial expressions
: a performance in which a story is told without words by using body movements and facial expressions
: a play for children performed during the Christmas season that is based on a fairy tale and includes singing and dancing

pantomime

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pantomime (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make the movements of someone who is doing something without actually doing it : mime

pantomime

noun
pan·​to·​mime | \ ˈpan-tə-ˌmīm How to pronounce pantomime (audio) \

Kids Definition of pantomime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of showing or explaining something through movements of the body and face instead of by talking
2 : a show in which a story is told by using expressions on the face and movements of the body instead of words

pantomime

verb
pantomimed; pantomiming

Kids Definition of pantomime (Entry 2 of 2)

: to tell through movements rather than words

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