harlequin: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (här'lu-kwin, -kin), [key]
- (often cap.) a comic character in commedia dell'arte and the harlequinade, usually masked, dressed in multicolored, diamond-patterned tights, and carrying a wooden sword or magic wand.
- a buffoon.
- any of various small snakes having bright diamond-pattern scales.
- fancifully varied in color, decoration, etc.: harlequin pants.
- resembling a harlequin's mask: harlequin glasses.
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