What does the word harlequin mean?

Usage examples for harlequin

  1. No, it is not fair for poor Harlequin, the best friend that I have in the world, to die in my place!" – The Adventures of Pinocchio by C. Collodi--Pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini
  2. These miserable statesmen are like Doctor Balouard of the Italian comedy, who will only be served by the fool Harlequin, and who fears to have too penetrating a servant. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  3. We put our young sailor and our sister in the forefront, and believed that every one was as much struck with them as with the wonderful transformations of Goody- Two- Shoes under the wand of Harlequin. – Chantry House by Charlotte M. Yonge