from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Communication by means of gesture and facial expression: Some tourists make themselves understood abroad by pantomime.
- n. The telling of a story without words, by means of bodily movements, gestures, and facial expressions.
- n. A play, dance, or other theatrical performance characterized by such wordless storytelling.
- n. An ancient Roman theatrical performance in which one actor played all the parts by means of gesture and movement, accompanied by a narrative chorus.
- n. A player in such a performance.
- n. A traditional British Christmas entertainment for children, usually based on nursery tales and featuring stock characters in costume who sing, dance, and perform skits.
- transitive v. To represent or express by pantomime: pantomine a story on the stage; pantomimed "baby” by cradling an imaginary infant.
- intransitive v. To express oneself in pantomime.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To gesture without speaking.
- v. To entertain others by silent gestures or actions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A universal mimic; an actor who assumes many parts; also, any actor.
- n. One who acts his part by gesticulation or dumb show only, without speaking; a pantomimist; a mime.
- n. A dramatic representation by actors who use only dumb show; a depiction of an event, narrative, or situation using only gestures and bodily movements, without speaking; hence, dumb show, generally.
- n. A dramatic and spectacular entertainment of which dumb acting as well as burlesque dialogue, music, and dancing by Clown, Harlequin, etc., are features.
- adj. Representing only in mute actions; pantomimic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who expresses his meaning by action without words; a player who employs only action—mimicry, gestures, movements, and posturing—in presenting his part.
- n. under the Roman empire, a kind of spectacular play resembling the modern “ballet of action,” in which the functions of the actor were confined to gesticulation and dancing, the accompanying text being sung by a chorus; in modern times, any play to plot of which is expressed by mute gestures, with little or no dialogue; hence, expression of anything by gesture alone: as, he made know his wants in pantomime.
- n. A popular theatrical entertainment of which many are produced in Great Britain about the Christmas season, usually consisting of two parts, the first or burlesque being founded on some popular fable, the effects being heightened by gorgeous scenery and catching music, and the second, or harlequinade, consisting almost wholly of the tricks of the clown and pantaloon and the dancing of harlequin and columbine.
- Representing only in mute action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only
- n. a performance using gestures and body movements without words
Latin pantomīmus, a pantomimic actor, from Greek pantomīmos : panto-, all (from pās, pant-; see pan-) + mīmos, mime.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Circa 17th century, from Latin pantomīmus, from Ancient Greek παντόμιμος (pantomimos), from πᾶς (pas, "each, all") + μιμέομαι (mimeomai, "I mimic"). (Wiktionary)