Cyrano de Bergerac: Act 1 vocab test

Amorous

showing, feeling, or relating to sexual desire

Boil

To heat a liquid until bubbles rise constantly to the surface

Buffoons

clowns, ludicrous figures

Callow

young and inexperienced

Candelabrum

a large branched candlestick or holder for several candles or lamps

Cavalier

given to haughty disregard of others

Declaiming

utter or deliver words or a speech in a rhetorical or impassioned way, as if to an audience.

Dejectedly

depressed in spirits; disheartened; low-spirited

Diminutive

extremely or unusually small

Discreetly

in a careful and prudent manner, especially in order to keep something confidential or to avoid embarrassment.

Disheveled

marked by disorder or disarray

dispatch

to send

Doublet

a man's close-fitting jacket

Duenna

elderly woman chaperon of a young lady; governess

Entrails

internal organs, especially the intestines

Fatuous

silly and pointless

Feint

a deceptive or pretended blow, thrust, or other movement, especially in boxing or fencing.

Flippant

not showing a serious or respectful attitude

Fob

a chain attached to a watch for carrying in a waistcoat or waistband pocket.

Furtively

Secretively

Gamboling

run or jump about playfully

grandiloquent

pompous or high-flown in speech

Ignoble

dishonorable; shameful

impeccable

faultless; without sin or blemish

Impromptu

unplanned

Lance

a long pointed rod used as a weapon

Macaroons

small cookies composed chiefly of egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds or coconut

Nebulous

in the form of a cloud or haze; hazy

Patron

a person who provides financial support for the arts

Paunch

A large or protruding abdomen or stomach

Pedantic

of or like a pedant

Proscenium

the part of a theater stage in front of the curtain

Punchinello

Another name for punch

Scabbard

a sheath for a sword

Solicitous

characterized by or showing interest or concern

Soubrette

an actress or other female performer playing a lively, flirtatious role in a play or opera.

Sullied

damage the purity or integrity of; defile

Surnames

family name or last name

Tableau

a group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history

Transgressions

an act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offense

Truculent

eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant

Tumult

a loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people.

Tyranny

Cruel and oppressive government or rule

Vanquish

to defeat