Pierrot

Pierrot

[pee-uh-roh; French pye-roh]
noun, plural Pierrots [pee-uh-rohz; French pye-roh] .
1.
a male character in certain French pantomime, having a whitened face and wearing a loose, white, fancy costume.
2.
(lowercase) an actor, masquerader, or buffoon so made up.

Origin:
1735–45; < French, diminutive of Pierre Peter

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Pierrot (ˈpɪərəʊ, French pjɛro)
 
n
1.  a male character from French pantomime with a whitened face, white costume, and pointed hat
2.  (usually not capital) a clown or masquerader so made up

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pierrot

stock character of the Italian commedia dell'arte, a simpleminded and honest servant, usually a young and personable valet. One of the comic servants, or zanni, Pedrolino functioned in the commedia as an unsuccessful lover and a victim of the pranks of his fellow comedians. His costume consisted of a white jacket with a neck ruff and large buttons down the front, loose trousers, and a hat with a wide, floppy brim. Unlike most of the other stock characters, he played without a mask, his face whitened with powder.

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