Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Pantomime, originally a stage-player who acts in dumb show; then a drama acted in dumb show; now a theatrical entertainment (performed during the Christmas season) consisting of two parts - the first a burlesque of some popular fable, and the second the tricks of the clown and pantaloon, and dancing of harlequin and columbine; the second part, or harlequinade, being ushered in by a transformation scene.