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  • n. Plural form of harlequin.


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  • HMS Harlequin dressed his boat crew up as harlequins, that is as clowns.

  • The troops of the Swabian Circle of the Empire, who were ridiculed as "harlequins" by the more martial Austrians, dispersed to their homes; and no sooner had Moreau entered Bavaria than the Bavarian contingent in its turn withdrew from the Archduke.

    A History of Modern Europe, 1792-1878

  • "harlequins" and "nose-bags," were won by the kindness of the great conqueror, who organised them under the hands of his own generals, and gave them the companionship of his own victorious legions.

    A History of Modern Europe, 1792-1878

  • We sat down on driftwood and watched the comic black-and-white tuxedo harlequins diving and popping up in the waves.

    Brenda Peterson: Why I Still Want To Be Left Behind

  • Yet the pastels and drawings from the Blue and Rose periods that follow, meditations on poverty and the lives of saltimbanques and harlequins, show the young Picasso exploiting his achingly sensitive touch in images that verge on the sentimental.

    Portrait of a Restless Artist as a Young Man

  • At Dalston's Holy Trinity church on Sunday, harlequins, jesters and pierrots will assemble for an act of worship.

    In praise of … the clowns' church service | Editorial

  • In the last two sections — "The Life of the Bohemians," which features works, starting in 1904, that depicted harlequins and circus scenes, and "An Innovative, Modern Style," which shows Picasso moving toward a more sculptorly sensibility — the influence of fellow travelers like Guillame Apollinaire and Auguste Rodin are visible.

    How Picasso Fell in Love With Paris and Paris Fell in Love With Him

  • Or, could we just turn a corner in a dark way and just barely see the whole damn play in an instant, complete with players, dressed like broken hearted harlequins, but giggling, taking their bows to silent ovations from an even darker room.

    Letters in the mode noir #43

  • And as he sits there, watching the procession of harlequins walk across the screen, he experiences an obscure, contented feeling, which seems to be related to the rich scent in the air.

    The Redleys

  • Of course this is nonsense, but it is fascinating that these harlequins would incorporate their partnerships into their own theories.

    damn you, red baron


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