Definition of "pantomime" []

  • Communication by means of gesture and facial expression: Some tourists make themselves understood abroad by pantomime. (noun)
  • The telling of a story without words, by means of bodily movements, gestures, and facial expressions. (noun)
  • A play, dance, or other theatrical performance characterized by such wordless storytelling. (noun)
  • An ancient Roman theatrical performance in which one actor played all the parts by means of gesture and movement, accompanied by a narrative chorus. (noun)
  • A player in such a performance. (noun)
  • A kind of play performed at Christmas time characterized by farce, music, lavish sets, stock roles, and topical jokes (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A theatrical entertainment in which words are replaced by gestures and bodily actions (noun)
  • Action without words as a means of expression (noun)
  • (in ancient Rome) an actor in a dumb show (noun)
  • A confused or farcical situation (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "pantomime" in a sentence
  • "On my word, what you call the pantomime of beggars is only the whole huge bustle of the earth ...."
  • "Mirabeau himself was indignant with what he called a pantomime; for he said that Ministers had no right to screen their own responsibility behind the inviolate throne."
  • "Their pantomime is ruthless and restive, always craving more but instantly jaded."