A type of clown, now generally characterized as wearing grotesque facial make-up (typically featuring red or pink, and usually a red artificial nose), a fright wig or similarly wild hair, and badly-fitting or oversized clothes and shoes.
In the early 20th century the Auguste type of clown had a less grotesque appearance, and was characterized more in terms of behaviour, this being clumsy or chaotic, often in contrast to a more subdued white-faced fellow clown. The later grotesque appearance was originally associated with Albert Fratellini (1886–1961).
Auguste/ɔːˈɡuːst/ /aʊˈɡuːst/ /ɔːˈɡʌst/
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Standard. From (i) French auguste, generic use of the male forename Auguste (from classical Latin Augustus).