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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
1735-1745
1735-45; < French, diminutive of Pierre Peter
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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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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