Pantaloon or Pantalone

Definition

Theater

  • An old Venetian merchant with a large hooked nose in the 16th-century commedia dell'arte. His name is said to come from San Pantaleone, the patron saint of physicians, who was very popular in Venice. The characteris presented as a miser and a fool, who is easily duped by his wife, children,and servants. In the later harlequinades and pantomimes he is the father of Columbine and fiercely opposed to her association with Harlequin. Pantaloons (a type of trousers) and pants both get their name from the character, who always dressed in loose trousers and slippers.
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