Pierrot

Definition

Theater

  • A tall thin melancholy clown who appears in whiteface wearinga loose white costume with very long sleeves and a row of big buttonsdown the front. A traditional figure in French pantomime, he developedfrom the character of Pedrolino in the Italian Commediadell'arte. The character's melancholy demeanour was largely thecreation of the famous 19th-century Pierrot Baptiste. InEngland the character featured in the harlequinade and thelater Pierrot troupes.
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