• A Classical comic actor, especially one who works mainly through gesture and mime.
  • The drama in ancient Greece and Rome featuring such performers; or (later) any of various kinds of performance modelled on such work.
  • A traditional theatrical entertainment, originally based on the commedia dell'arte, but later aimed mostly at children and involving physical comedy, topical jokes, call and response, and fairy-tale plots.
  • Gesturing without speaking; dumb-show, mime.



  • Circa 17th century, from Latin pantomīmus, from Ancient Greek παντόμιμος, from πᾶς + μιμέομαι.

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