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Pierrot

[pee-uh-roh; French pye-roh] /ˌpi əˈroʊ; French pyɛˈroʊ/
noun, plural Pierrots
[pee-uh-rohz; French pye-roh] /ˌpi əˈroʊz; French pyɛˈroʊ/ (Show IPA)
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 of Pierrot
1735-1745
1735-45; < French, diminutive of Pierre Peter
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  • Edward mounted first and Pierrot last, having stopped to answer some questions of the host.

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  • "That is the delusion proper to Pierrot," said Pantaloon, contemptuously.

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  • Poor Pierrot had been tossed as high as a rocket, and apparently was not expected down again in time for the performance to-day.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • The whole company, pressing after Pierrot, abandoned itself to laughter.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • The depths of Pierrot's faith shamed him, and he crawled silently between the blankets and turned his face to the wall.

  • Violently he shook off the restraining hand of Pierrot who sat on his left.

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  • She ended by opening it, and Pierrot, concealed in it, seized her hand and would not let go.

  • After a tedious hour of expectation, Pierrot made his appearance.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • At dawn the prison door was opened and three masked men led Pierrot out through the courtyard into the garden.

British Dictionary definitions for Pierrot

Pierrot

/ˈpɪərəʊ; French pjɛro/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for Pierrot

pierrot

n.

stock character in French pantomime, in English, "a buffoon," from French Pierrot, diminutive of Pierre; considered a typical name of a French peasant.

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