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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Theatre
harlequinhar‧le‧quin1 /ˈhɑːlɪkwɪn $ ˈhɑːr-/ noun [countable]  APTa character in some traditional plays who wears brightly coloured clothes and plays tricks
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harlequinSeated from left to right are a woman, a central harlequin and a man wearing a Cronstadt hat.Her harlequin sweaters and Fair Isle striped knit shirts were a nice diversion from the usual cable knits and ribbed turtlenecks.The harlequin is enamoured of a young dancer who has been forced to marry the proprietor of the troupe.The harlequin on the easel looked as depressed as ever, and who could blame him?Are you allowing yourselves to be fooled by this mountebank, this harlequin?These shrimps are therefore an excellent choice for the aquarium while harlequins are not really worth considering.
Related topics: Shapes, patterns
harlequinharlequin2 adjective [only before noun]  CFa harlequin pattern is made up of diamond shapes in many different colours
Examples from the Corpus
harlequinThere was an easel with a half-finished painting of a man in harlequin drag playing the pipes of Pan.
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