harlequin harlequin  /ˈhɑr lə kwən/


  1. (n) a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)
  2. (v) variegate with spots or marks


  1. A few, their faces painted harlequin colors, wore baseball uniforms and carried bats.
  2. Harlequin, Pierrot, 1930-31, makes no attempt to conceal its Picassoan borrowings: the grille of lozenges quoting a harlequin's costume, the whimsical shield-mask of a face.
  3. More than two-thirds of the 110 species of colorful harlequin frogs in Central and South America, two shown above, have also disappeared.


  • Harlequin gives the 1970s 'Jesus Christ Superstar' a millennial update

    Harlequin's version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera has a ripped-from-the-viral-video newsiness to it. “This is not what people might be expecting,” director Linda Whitney said. “This particular treatment is very modern. It’s based on the Occupy movement, the idea being that this group of protesters has coalesced around Jesus."
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Olympian

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  1. "In the face of challenging economic conditions and trends, the third quarter operating results were down modestly", said Robert Prichard, Torstar's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Harlequin had a solid quarter and remains on course...
    on Oct 30, 2008 By: Robert Prichard Source: MarketWatch

  2. "I am so excited to be a part of the Harlequin NASCAR book series. It is just another way NASCAR is connecting with its growing female fan base and gives fans a new way to engage in their favorite sport," says Edwards, who became the first real...
    on Feb 1, 2007 By: Carl Edwards Source: PR Newswire (press release)

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