[pee-uh-roh; French pye-roh] /ˌpi əˈroʊ; French pyɛˈroʊ/

noun, plural Pierrots
[pee-uh-rohz; French pye-roh] /ˌpi əˈroʊz; French pyɛˈroʊ/ (Show IPA)
a male character in certain French pantomime, having a whitened face and wearing a loose, white, fancy costume.
(lowercase) an actor, masquerader, or buffoon so made up.
/ˈpɪərəʊ; French pjɛro/
a male character from French pantomime with a whitened face, white costume, and pointed hat
(usually not capital) a clown or masquerader so made up

stock character in French pantomime, in English, “a buffoon,” from French Pierrot, diminutive of Pierre; considered a typical name of a French peasant.


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