Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Italian, 16th century
In varied colors; variegated.
Examples of Harlequin in a sentence
"The leaves on the plant were a harlequin patchwork of dark greens and pale yellows."
"Rainbow grasshoppers are distinguishable by their bright harlequin patterns."
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“Harlequin” is based on the Old French name “Herlequin” or “Hellquin,” the mythical leader of a group of demon horsemen.
Did you Know?
A “Harlequin” is a trickster-jester character in Italian “commedia dell’arte,” a style of theater featuring masked characters playing specific stock roles. Harlequin was the best known of a number of comic, servant characters called “Zanni.” Notably, Harlequin is easily recognized in his checkered outfit, which gives rise to the adjective “harlequin.”