Definition of Punchinello in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpən(t)SHəˈnelō/ /ˌpən(t)ʃəˈnɛloʊ/


another name for punch
‘One or two illustrated comic papers had already appeared in London, notably Gilbert Abbott à Beckett's Figaro in London and Punchinello, illustrated by Cruikshank.’
  • ‘Highlight of Christie's drawings sale on the 6 July is one of Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo's glorious pen, ink and wash drawings from the life of Punchinello series.’
  • ‘Pulcinella, often called Punch or Punchinello in English, Polichinelle in French, is a classical character that originated in the Commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry.’
  • ‘In the 1790s he produced a sequence of frescoes of Punchinellos, remarkable for their joie de vivre and sense of theatre He was also a successful etcher.’


Mid 17th century alteration of Neapolitan dialect Polecenella, perhaps a diminutive of pollecena ‘young turkey cock with a hooked beak’, from pulcino ‘chicken’, from Latin pullus.