Definition of pantomime in English:

pantomime

Line breaks: panto|mime
Pronunciation: /ˈpantəmʌɪm
 
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noun

1British A theatrical entertainment, mainly for children, which involves music, topical jokes, and slapstick comedy and is based on a fairy tale or nursery story, usually produced around Christmas: [as modifier]: a pantomime villain [mass noun]: he is currently appearing in pantomime in Manchester
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  • Hart plays the genie in this raucous take on the British pantomime, a story based on the myth of Aladdin and his magic lamp.
  • They take up residence at the Pavilion Theatre for the annual pantomime of silly jokes and bad wigs in an all new, up-to-date production of Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • He has also written children's plays, pantomimes, comedy sketches and radio commercials and has directed more than 100 productions, spanning everything from Shakespeare to stand-up comedy.
2A dramatic entertainment, originating in Roman mime, in which performers express meaning through gestures accompanied by music.
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  • In a totally unstructured environment, they present this creative explosion through modern dance, mime, pantomime and music with a whole lot of playfulness.
  • In portraying vivid dramatic characters, realistic pantomime plays as important a role as the dance.
  • The vast majority of this movie is told in near pantomime: gestures, facial expressions, and stage direction.
3An absurdly exaggerated piece of behaviour: he made a pantomime of checking his watch
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  • Cameron's posing on a podium on Friday, inviting Lib Dems to join his Tory revolution, was an appropriate piece of pantomime to end Parliament's last full week before Christmas.
  • He attacks Royal Ascot for being an absurdity and a pantomime.
  • The youthful energy and innovation have gone, and his choice of sport is problematic because wrestling is already a theatrical pantomime.
3.1An absurd or confused situation: the drive to town was a pantomime
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  • The room is now illuminated only by the television that paints its own confused pantomime on the walls.
  • Rocky needed a bath and that is a real pantomime as he HATES being washed.
  • Feeding time, for them all, is a real pantomime!

verb

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Express or represent by exaggerated mime: they pantomimed picking up dropped food
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  • She pantomimed hurt, placing her free hand melodramatically on her breast.
  • I pantomimed opening a letter and smoothing it out.
  • He pantomimed zipping his lips and throwing away the key.

Origin

late 16th century (first used in the Latin form and denoting an actor using mime): from French pantomime or Latin pantomimus, from Greek pantomimos 'imitator of all' (see panto-, mime).

Derivatives

pantomimic

Pronunciation: /-ˈmɪmɪk/
adjective
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  • That the other characters appear in a pantomimic assortment of costumes will add to a very self-consciously theatrical show.
  • During these dances, members of the audience are invited to come on stage and join in, but their efforts appear pantomimic, introducing a new element of comedy into the ritual aspects of the spectacle.
  • The songs are tuneful, the dances energetic and the performances, while bordering on the pantomimic, still are believable enough to give the show an overall charm it is hard to resist.

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