Definition of Punchinello in English:


Line breaks: Pun¦chi|nello
Pronunciation: /ˌpʌn(t)ʃɪˈnɛləʊ

noun (plural Punchinellos)

  • 1 another name for punch4 ( sense 1).
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    • One or two illustrated comic papers had already appeared in London, notably Gilbert Abbott à Beckett's Figaro in London and Punchinello, illustrated by Cruikshank.
    • Highlight of Christie's drawings sale on the 6 July is one of Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo's glorious pen, ink and wash drawings from the life of Punchinello series.
    • Pulcinella, often called Punch or Punchinello in English, Polichinelle in French, is a classical character that originated in the Commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry.
  • 1.1 archaic A short, stout, comical-looking person.


mid 17th century: alteration of Neapolitan dialect Polecenella, perhaps a diminutive of pollecena 'young turkey cock with a hooked beak', from pulcino 'chicken', from Latin pullus.

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