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[hahr-luh-kwi-neyd, -ki-] /ˌhɑr lə kwɪˈneɪd, -kɪ-/
a pantomime, farce, or similar play in which Harlequin plays the principal part.
Origin of harlequinade
1770-80; < French arlequinade. See harlequin, -ade1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The scenes described are as full of movement as a harlequinade.

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • On the 10th he performed in a harlequinade, entitled, “The Man in the Moon.”

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • But it is the harlequinade accelerated, intensified, toned up for the exacting taste of the great and growing "picture" public.

  • A bit high-spirited when they come on in the harlequinade, but all in good part.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • One needs no civilised culture to appreciate the fun of the harlequinade, and to that has Charlie, with true instinct, returned.

  • We did Belphegor and The Witch and a harlequinade last night.

  • The case of farce, and its wilder embodiment in harlequinade, is especially important.

    The Defendant G.K. Chesterton
  • Perhaps it is easy to be at home—in harlequinade—though you may not quite like it.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • The list of representatives of the 8th February was a harlequinade, including every republican shade and every political crotchet.

  • The only species of comedy peculiar to Italy is harlequinade.

British Dictionary definitions for harlequinade


(sometimes capital) (theatre) a play or part of a pantomime in which harlequin has a leading role
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