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harlequin (n.) 1580s, Harlicken, one of the stock characters of Italian [...]


Mochdre, Conwy
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harlequin (n.)

1580s, Harlicken, one of the stock characters of Italian commedia del'arte, from Middle French harlequin, from Italian arlecchino, which is possibly from the same source as Old French Herlequin, Hellequin, etc., leader of la maisnie Hellequin, a troop of demons who rode the night air on horses.

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