Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A character in French pantomime, dressed in a floppy white outfit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A character from French pantomime; a buffoon in a loose white outfit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of woman's basque cut low in the neck, but having sleeves, worn toward the close of the eighteenth century.
  • n. A buffoon whose costume was white, or white with stripes, large and loose, and with very long sleeves: a popular character in masked balls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a male character in French pantomime; usually dressed in white with a whitened face

Etymologies

French, diminutive of the name Pierre, Peter, from Old French, from Latin Petrus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French Pierrot, diminutive of Pierre ("Peter") via diminutive suffix -ot. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • PIERROT: Pierrot sees clearly into existing evils and is rendered gaily cynical by them; he is both too indolent and too indifferent to do anything about it.

    Aria da Capo

  • THE PIERROT OF THE MINUTE: A quite charming tale of Pierrot and the Moon-Maiden.

    The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays

  • Eurovision song contest entry of 1959, which Karina's Marianne frequently sings to Belmondo's Ferdinand (whom she calls Pierrot, which invariably moves Ferdinand to respond, "that's not my name.").

    In The Company Of Glenn

  • Jean-Luc was going to shoot a new film, called Pierrot le fou, with Jean-Paul Belmondo, and wanted me to appear in a scene.

    Row Three » Excerpt of the Week: A Third Face - Where Cinema is more than just $100 Million productions

  • On account of his spotless whiteness he was called Pierrot; but when he grew up this name was very properly magnified into Don-Pierrot-de-Navarre, which was far more majestic, and suggested 'grandee-ism.'

    Concerning Cats My Own and Some Others

  • ---- No! The million that belongs to him who is not your brother -- to Clementine's son, my dear and only child, the only scion of my race, Pierre Langevin, called Pierrot, a miller at

    The Man With The Broken Ear

  • I have said before that the dress of a Pierrot is the costume which disguises the figure and the gait most completely.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • Laura Sedgwick Collins, who has already won a high rank, wrote the music to "Pierrot," besides many excellent songs and violin works.

    Woman's Work in Music

  • "Pierrot," he cried, turning to one of the boatmen, "il y a des belles demoiselles la, n'est-ce pas?"

    The Crossing

  • "Pierrot," he cried, turning to one of the boatmen, "il y a des belles demoiselles là, n'est-ce pas?"

    The Crossing

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