pantomime

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Circa 17th century, from Latin pantomīmus, from Ancient Greek παντόμιμος (pantomimos), from πᾶς (pas, each, all) + μιμέομαι (mimeomai, I mimic).

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pantomime (plural pantomimes)

  1. (now rare) A Classical comic actor, especially one who works mainly through gesture and mime. [from 17th c.]
    • Tylor
      [He] saw a pantomime perform so well that he could follow the performance from the action alone.
  2. (historical) The drama in ancient Greece and Rome featuring such performers; or (later) any of various kinds of performance modelled on such work. [from 17th c.]
  3. (UK) A traditional theatrical entertainment, originally based on the commedia dell'arte, but later aimed mostly at children and involving physical comedy, topical jokes, and fairy-tale plots. [from 18th c.]
  4. Gesturing without speaking; dumb-show, mime. [from 18th c.]
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 26
      A staid, steadfast man, whose life for the most part was a telling pantomime of action, and not a tame chapter of sounds.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 26:
      In pantomime, Chief Joyi would fling his spear and creep along the veld as he narrated the victories and defeats.
    • 2011 October 20, Michael da Silva, “Stoke 3 - 0 Macc Tel-Aviv”, BBC Sport:
      With the Stoke supporters jeering Ziv's every subsequent touch, the pantomime atmosphere created by the home crowd reached a crescendo when Ziv was shown a straight red shortly after the break in extraordinary circumstances.

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pantomime (third-person singular simple present pantomimes, present participle pantomiming, simple past and past participle pantomimed)

  1. (transitive) To gesture without speaking.
  2. (transitive) To entertain others by silent gestures or actions.

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pantomime f

  1. plural form of pantomima

Latin[edit]

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pantomīme

  1. vocative singular of pantomīmus