pagliaccio

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The traditional Italian character's outfit was made of the same fabric used to cover straw mattresses: from paglia (straw), from Latin palea (chaff).[1], whence British English paillasse (bed made of straw) and general English pallet (bed made of straw or hay used in medieval times). Cognate with Piedmontese pajasso.

Un pagliaccio dai capelli rossi

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  • IPA(key): /paʎˈʎat.tʃo/, [päˈʎːät͡ʃːo]

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pagliaccio m (plural pagliacci, feminine pagliaccia)

  1. (also derogatory) clown, buffoon
    • 1889, Edmondo De Amicis, “Febbraio”, in Cuore, page 139:
      Scrivi un bell’articolo sulla Gazzetta, – gli disse, – tu che sai scrivere: tu racconti i miracoli del piccolo pagliaccio e io faccio il suo ritratto; la Gazzetta la leggon tutti, e almeno per una volta accorrerà gente. []
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