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

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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 WPA PoolGetty Images Charlotte cowers in terror as the pantomime takes a turn for the tense! Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte Had the Best Reactions During a Christmas Trip to the Theater," 18 Dec. 2020 On Monday, the two men engaged in political pantomime. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "William Barr Is Going, But His Trumpian Legacy Remains," 17 Dec. 2020 Footage of the warlord played on loop on cable news, a pantomime TV villain that helped highlight a six-year-old insurgency as a contest of good versus almost unfathomable evil. Joe Parkinson, Wired, "How #BringBackOurGirls Became an International Rallying Cry," 2 Mar. 2021 In December, as a Christmas treat, the whole family turned up at The London Palladium for a traditional holiday pantomime show, hosted by The National Lottery to thank key workers and their families for their efforts during the pandemic this year. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince George, Princess Charlotte delay return to school due to COVID-19 closures in London," 5 Jan. 2021 The English tradition of pantomime — with its fractured fairy tales, its playful cross-casting, its audience call-and-response — has never really caught on in America. New York Times, "Cozy Up With Holiday Plays," 12 Dec. 2020 There is the accompanying pitiful pantomime of immunity, sometimes comic and sometimes sad. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Our Year in Hell," 31 Dec. 2020 Gelb’s performance, built on metered gesture and pantomime, is a shrewd answer to the trick question of how to embody an icon. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "A One-Man Musical About Mother Teresa," 21 Dec. 2020 His chopping pantomime as celebration must have sprung from a similar premonition. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Badgers defeat Gophers 20-17 in overtime, keeping Paul Bunyan's Axe," 20 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, Cogdill might ask applicants to pantomime a scene, such as walking across a frozen pond without skates. Sara Mosle, The Atlantic, "Teaching Theater Through Four Decades of Social Change," 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, "Harmonix’s Fuser wants to make you a DJ… but only up to a point," 30 June 2020 Mostert celebrates his touchdowns by pantomiming a surfer catching a wave. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers surf, dance and spike their way to the Super Bowl," 19 Jan. 2020 In the stands, filmmaker and Yankees fan Spike Lee pantomimed a call to the bullpen. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "The Yankees' Bullpen Is Championship Quality, but Can Aaron Boone Run It Properly?," 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, "Tottenham's 7 Most Embarrassing Defeats Under Mauricio Pochettino," 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, "The Best Karaoke Songs For Singers and Non-Singers Alike," 26 Sep. 2019 As Randy pantomimed a whipping, Darryl gave a shriek that must have startled all of Stamford. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Hard, Historic Roads That Lead to Baseball's Magic Number: .400," 8 Aug. 2019 Amid smoke and clouds of dust, spectators ran the bases and pantomimed baseball players pitching, batting and sliding. Joe Lapointe, Detroit Free Press, "40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought," 12 July 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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The first known use of pantomime was in 1606

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18 Apr 2021

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“Pantomime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pantomime. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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
British : 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

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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