Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Entry: pantalone (n.)

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Definition: See pantaloon (n.): Theatre. Usu. with capital initial. Originally: (in Italian commedia dell'arte) a Venetian character representing authority and the older generation, typically depicted as a lean, foolish old man in a predominantly red costume that included Turkish slippers, pantaloons (see sense 2c), a close-fitting jacket, and a skullcap. Later: (in English harlequinade) a similar character who is the father, guardian, or elderly suitor of the heroine (Columbine), and the frequent butt of the Clown's jokes. Now chiefly hist.


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Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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