of the Bajazzo is a clown figure in Italy.
the designation is deduced either of French pailasse (= straw bag) or by the Italian baja (= fun). The Italian Pagliacco carries an excessively far, schlotterndes, white garb with large buttons, the flour face has large, red painted lips. On its head a large Filzhut sits in funnel form.
in some German dialects changes itself the word Bajazzo to “Bajass “and is in as a circus clown disguised Hanswurst and Possenreisser on fairs and other looking positions. The more modern word for this stupid August is a clown.
In Rheini Bajass stands for the Hampelmann from pasteboard with the pulling cord, the Vogelscheuche on the field or the driving people of the Kirmes. In the Pfälzi dictionary Bajass is used also as insult word.
generally speaking Brockhaus stands under the keyword Bajazzo the following:
- “Bajazzo (ital. pagliaccio “straw bag”, “Hanswurst”) the Spassmacher with rope dancers and acrobats. Its costume, which is Pierrot related, white, schlampig far; it carries high pointed hat and Halskrause. Its cruder comrade is a clown. “The B.” is called an opera of Leoncavallo (1892). “
Large Brockhaus. Manual of the knowledge in twenty volumes. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus, 1929