from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A comedy or pantomime in which Harlequin is the main attraction.
- n. Farcical clowning or buffoonery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pantomime-like comedy featuring the harlequin or clown.
- n. Any comical or fantastical procedure or playfulness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A play or part of a play in which the harlequin is conspicuous; the part of a harlequin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of pantomime; that part of a pantomime which follows the transformation of characters, and in which the harlequin and clown play the principal parts; hence, buffoonery; a fantastic procedure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. acting like a clown or buffoon
Obsolete French, from harlequin, harlequin; see harlequin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French arlequinade. (Wiktionary)