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Definition of Pantomime


  1. A universal mimic; an actor who assumes many parts; also, any actor.
  2. One who acts his part by gesticulation or dumb show only, without speaking; a pantomimist.
  3. A dramatic representation by actors who use only dumb show; hence, dumb show, generally.
  4. A dramatic and spectacular entertainment of which dumb acting as well as burlesque dialogue, music, and dancing by Clown, Harlequin, etc., are features.
  5. Representing only in mute actions; pantomimic; as, a pantomime dance.

Pantomime Quotations

It's a pragmatist's business, comedy. Start off with good intentions and references to the Pompidou Centre and you end up with boiled sweets and a pantomime cow.
Mel Smith

Pantomime is a big thing in the cultural calendar of my country, you know. So subtlety's not my forte.
Alan Cumming

My dad tells me that he took us to a pantomime when I was very, very small - panto being a sort of English phenomenon. There's traditionally a part of the show where they'll invite kids up on the stage to interact with the show. I was too young to remember this, but my dad says that I was running up onstage before they even asked us.
Dan Stevens

I'm really passionate about pantomime because it is often the first introduction for a child to theatre, and if that child has a great experience at a pantomime they will continue to come year after year.
John Barrowman

If you're trying to learn how to act from a class, you're analyzing the teachers' movements and their intricacies, and it becomes like a pantomime of you wanting to be them, and that's wrong. Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin. It's your own imagination, and your own version of it.
Shia LaBeouf
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Pantomime Translations

pantomime in Dutch is pantomime spelen
pantomime in Hungarian is pantomim
pantomime in Spanish is pantomima
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