from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Puppets animated by moving wires or mechanical means.
- n.pl. A show using such puppets.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Puppets caused to perform dramatic scenes by means of machinery.
- n. The puppet shows in which they are used.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Puppets caused to perform evolutions or dramatic scenes by means of machinery; also, the representations in which they are used.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Puppets which are made to go through evolutions by means of concealed wires or strings.
- Dramatic representations in which puppets are substituted for human performers.
The rhyme was a common street-song which every lad in Milan, the city of puppet-shows, would recognize, and not only did it refer to the puppets as "fantoccini" instead of marionettes, but the significance of the last two lines, "Each for himself and the fiend for all," was rather too pointed to be pleasant.
Who work the contemptible fantoccini who gesticulate to the Ephesian hubbub of 'greatness' I neither know nor care, but it is simply out of credence that their motions are spontaneous.
But to do Mr. Davis justice, he did not make his _fantoccini_ suffer if he pulled the wires the wrong way.
He had had no instructor, except "un pobre Italiano," who came to La Union with an exhibition of fantoccini, died there of fever, and was buried like a Christian in the Campo Santo adjoining the church: and Paganini removed his hat reverentially, and made the sign of the cross on his swarthy bosom.
All of them alike -- fantoccini, skeletons, and quick folk -- were enveloped in the same grotesquely ghastly San Benito, with the same hideous yellow miters on their pasteboard, worm-eaten, or palpitating foreheads.
Sharp unexpected touches evoke humanity in the fantoccini of his wayward art.
The Governor himself is a puppet, his trusted men of resource and portfolio-holders are the veriest fantoccini; for the Governor's own clerk pulls the strings, frames the foreign policy, conducts, controls, adjusts difficulties, and maintains a right balance between the parties.
Then the Black Doctor, as blowed the bellows to the late ministerial organ, starts a fantoccini and collars our dialect.
Sharp unexpected touches evoke humanity in the _fantoccini_ of his wayward art.
She was like a child seeing fantoccini for the first time: Margaret had seen the fantoccini dancing all her life.