There are 2 definitions of mime in English:


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Pronunciation: /mʌɪm


  • 1 [mass noun] The theatrical technique of suggesting action, character, or emotion without words, using only gesture, expression, and movement: mime is part of our cultural heritage
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    • It offers workshops providing acting skills, voice, movement, mime, improvisation, text reading, stagecraft, character development and confidence building.
    • Go along to see a variety of dance including contemporary, hip hop, cabaret, physical theatre, salsa, mime and physical character.
    • He was the outsider who was on intimate terms with them, communicating through comic mime with expressions and gestures that became a well known code.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A theatrical performance using mime: the ceremony was followed by a series of precise mimes, dances, and songs
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    • Her majesty also watched a mime and street dance performance from students at Welling School on the theme of life as a teenager.
    • On the night of January 27 there will be a two-hour multi cultural performance of drama, songs, dances and mimes.
    • They cleared the floor and treated the crowd to a mime and dance routine that had us all in stitches.
  • 1.2 [count noun] An action or actions intended to convey another action, an idea, or an emotion: he performed a brief mime of someone fencing
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    • And, when they do, they always smile and sigh, and there's a silent mime of applause.
    • Joshua made circles of his fingers over his eyes, a brief mime of spectacles.
    • Finally he ended with a mime of what looked like the preparation of an egg dish.
  • 1.3 (also mime artist) [count noun] A practitioner of mime or a performer in a mime: he’s a very fine actor and mime artist troupes of feminist mimes
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    • One night a friend and I went into town to see the mime artist Marcel Marceau.
    • Musicians, dancers, acrobats, clowns, actors, mimes and every hybrid in between entertain and educate audiences of kids, their parents and teachers.
    • There will be actors strolling among the crowds, square dancers, singers, mimes and someone creating balloon animals.
  • 2(In ancient Greece and Rome) a simple farcical drama including mimicry: the Dorian mimes first began to lay the foundations of the theatre
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    • In fact, in Greece during the first centuries ad the term denoted a category of actors who recreated ancient legends on stage through dramatic mimes!
    • These were designed for public performances - gladiatorial contests and other spectacles in the amphitheatres, plays and mimes in the theatres - and were accessible to all classes of Roman society.
    • N. Purcell examines imperial mimes, K. Coleman presents a study of the punishment of delatores - those who had spied for previous (and now deceased and discredited) emperors.


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  • 1 [with object] Use only gesture and movement to act out (a play or role): (as adjective mimed) a mimed play [no object]: they’ve even mimed in a restaurant hall
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    • The title role was mimed in the original version.
    • They gave him easy stuff to do, such as miming a scene while someone else did the voice.
    • So Jon and I were standing there, miming this scene from Moonlight Mile - and have I mentioned just how scrumptious Jake Gyllenhaal looks in this movie, with the doe eyes and the buttery, knobby shoulders?
  • 1.1Convey or represent (an action, idea, or emotion) by using only gesture and movement: Eddie mimed an attack of nausea
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    • It feels real, thanks to the inclusion of a small girl who can effectively mime fear and horror.
    • Robyn stood back and clasped her hands together, miming maidenly awe.
    • My character mimed ill-disguised boredom while waiting for him to settle down.
    act out, pantomime, use gestures to indicate, gesture, simulate, represent, indicate by dumb show, indicate by sign language
  • 2 [no object] Pretend to sing or play an instrument as a recording is being played: singers on television often mime to pre-recorded tape tracks
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    • Matt, Charlie and James will collectively flick the switch at 5.30 this Sunday and will then mime to some of their popular chart hits such as What I Go To School For and Year 3000.
    • We also had some Simon and Garfunkel which we would use to mime to and put on concerts!
    • They then hired a young unknown Chester band called The Wayriders to mime to the track in the accompanying video.



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  • Bringing more good news from Sweden, these foxy female 20-somethings have been playing since pre-pubescence, and this well-timed stateside debut hits girlie bands and Strokes mimers where it hurts.
  • The other aim of the acting lessons is to help the mimers to develop their ability to work with others and to create their own material.
  • We had mummers and mimers, too, with ballads and traditional dialogues, and the famous old interlude of the Hobby Horse.


early 17th century (also in the sense 'mimic or jester'): from Latin mimus, from Greek mimos.

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There are 2 definitions of mime in English:


Syllabification: MIME
Pronunciation: /mīm, ˈem ˈī ˈem ˈē/

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  • A standard for formatting files of different types, such as text, graphics, or audio, so they can be sent over the Internet and seen or played by a web browser or e-mail application.


late 20th century: an acronym for multipurpose Internet mail extensions.

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