Definition of Buttons in English:



  • A nickname for a liveried pageboy, now normally only in pantomimes.

    • ‘It was so cold Brian decided not to bother with his Buttons costume and tights and opted instead for an overcoat.’
    • ‘The loveable Buttons attempts to bring peace, with the help of the Fairy Godmother.’
    • ‘I'm doing Buttons this year; I'm far too good looking to be an Ugly Sister!’
    • ‘Richie, who starred as Buttons in the smash-hit pantomime Cinderella, at the Gaiety Theatre, will perform tracks from his album with a nine-piece band.’
    • ‘Perhaps it will end up with Buttons being booed for the first time in pantomime history!’
    • ‘When Buttons breaks into the chorus of 76 Trombones and the entire Tiny Tots, junior and senior chorus parade the floor with balloons in hand, you can only sit back and admire.’
    • ‘So, for example, it wouldn't provide a fully grown man dressed like Buttons from an end-of-the-pier panto to take your case the last few steps upstairs - after you've carried them halfway across the country all on your own.’
    • ‘Enter stage right, a chipper Gary Lineker as the crisp-suited Buttons.’
    • ‘Teenager Scott Garnham, star of last October's Half A Sixpence, is equally at home in comedy roles, this time playing the loveable Buttons.’
    • ‘We are invited to join Cinders and the loveable Buttons as they take on two very ugly sisters and a bossy stepmother and win, with a little help from a Fairy Godmother and a lot of magic.’
    errand boy, pageboy, messenger boy
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Mid 19th century: from the rows of buttons on his jacket.