One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stock male character in French pantomime, with a sad white-painted face, a loose white costume, and a pointed hat.
- ‘Pierrot and Columbine are not far away, neither is turmoil, nor humour.’
- ‘I had to take a decision, for I could not pass the whole night in my costume of Pierrot, and without speaking.’
- ‘He looks like a bizarre Pierrot.’
- ‘"So will I, for I want to dance, and I am sure I shall make you laugh as Pierrot."’
- ‘It is a series of dances for commedia dell'arte characters including Columbine, Harlequin, and Pierrot.’
- ‘Instead, in hopped a full-size Pierrot, in his conventional white garment with the big black pompons and the peaked hat.’
- ‘The dress of Pierrot might conceal some other man, but certainly no one that I could have seen in this place without horror.’
- ‘But while the most appealing of clowns is Pierrot, pale, lean and dreamy, with cooks, at least until recently, the popular one was the fat guy.’
- ‘As the clown Pierrot, he embodies unrequited love.’
French, diminutive of the male given name Pierre ‘Peter’.
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