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pantomime

noun pan·to·mime \ ˈpan-tə-ˌmīm \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of pantomime

2 a :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
3 a :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

pantomimic

play \ˌpan-tə-ˈmi-mik\ adjective

Examples of pantomime in a Sentence

  1. In the game of charades, one player uses pantomime to represent a word or phrase that the other players have to try to guess.

  2. We saw pantomimes at the fair.

  3. a ballet that is part dance and part pantomime

Recent Examples of pantomime from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of pantomime

Latin pantomimus, from pant- + mimus mime

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pantomime

verb

Definition of pantomime

pantomimed; pantomiming
intransitive verb
:to engage in pantomime
transitive verb
:to represent by pantomime

Examples of pantomime in a Sentence

  1. He pantomimed someone talking on the phone.

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Origin and Etymology of pantomime

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PANTOMIME Defined for English Language Learners

pantomime

noun

Definition of pantomime for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pantomime for English Language Learners

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


PANTOMIME Defined for Kids

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pantomime

noun pan·to·mime \ ˈpan-tə-ˌmīm \

Definition of pantomime for Students

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

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pantomime

verb

Definition of pantomime for Students

pantomimed; pantomiming
:to tell through movements rather than words


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