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[grey-shee-oh-soh, grah-see-; Spanish grah-thyaw-saw, -syaw-] /ˌgreɪ ʃiˈoʊ soʊ, ˌgrɑ si-; Spanish grɑˈθyɔ sɔ, -ˈsyɔ-/
noun, plural graciosos
[grey-shee-oh-sohz, grah-see-; Spanish grah-thyaw-saws] /ˌgreɪ ʃiˈoʊ soʊz, ˌgrɑ si-; Spanish grɑˈθyɔ sɔs/ (Show IPA)
a buffoon or clown in Spanish comedy.
Origin of gracioso
1640-50; < Spanish: amiable, gracious, spirited (noun use of adj.) < Latin grātiōsus gracious Unabridged
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  • gracioso, a fool in a Spanish comedy, who ever and anon appears on the stage during the performance with his jokes and gibes.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for gracioso


/ˌɡræsɪˈəʊsəʊ; Spanish ɡraˈθjoso/
noun (pl) -sos
a clown in Spanish comedy
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish: gracious
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