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Topic: THEATRE

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: pantomimus, from panto- 'all' (from Greek, from pan; PAN-) + mimus ( MIME1)

pantomime

noun
     
pan‧to‧mime
1APT [uncountable and countable] a type of play for children that is performed in Britain around Christmas, in which traditional stories are performed with jokes, music, and songs
2APT [uncountable and countable] a method of performing using only actions and not words, or a play performed using this method [= mime]
3 [countable] British English a situation or behaviour that is silly
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