zanni

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Italian[edit]

Arlecchino, celebre zanni — Harlequin, a famous zanni character

Etymology[edit]

From Zanni, from Venetian Zani, alteration of the given name Gianni, itself a hypocorism for Giovanni.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈd͡zanni/, [ˈd̪͡z̪än̺n̺i]
  • Stress: zànni
  • Hyphenation: zan‧ni

Noun[edit]

zanni m (invariable)

  1. (theater) A character type representing a servant who is either an astute trickster or a silly jester.
  2. (by antonomasia, rare) zany person; fool, buffoon, clown
    Synonyms: buffone, pagliaccio

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