pantaloon¹

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pantaloon¹

Originally a character from the  Italian commedia dell'arte representing authority and the older generation,  Later: in English harlequinade from the late 18th centuary a similar character who is the father, guardian, or elderly suitor of the heroine (Columbine), and the frequent butt of the Clown's jokes [OED]

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James Barnes as Pantaloon c1820

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