Definition of Punchinello in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpʌn(t)ʃɪˈnɛləʊ/

noun (plural Punchinellos)

1 another name for punch4 (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with Punchinello

Bargello, bellow, bordello, cello, Donatello, fellow, jello, martello, mellow, morello, niello, Novello, Pirandello, Portobello, Uccello, violoncello, yellow

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