- 1 [mass noun] The theatrical technique of suggesting action, character, or emotion without words, using only gesture, expression, and movement: mime is part of our cultural heritageMore example sentences
- It offers workshops providing acting skills, voice, movement, mime, improvisation, text reading, stagecraft, character development and confidence building.
- Go along to see a variety of dance including contemporary, hip hop, cabaret, physical theatre, salsa, mime and physical character.
- He was the outsider who was on intimate terms with them, communicating through comic mime with expressions and gestures that became a well known code.
- 1.1 [count noun] A theatrical performance using mime: the ceremony was followed by a series of precise mimes, dances, and songsMore example sentences
- Her majesty also watched a mime and street dance performance from students at Welling School on the theme of life as a teenager.
- On the night of January 27 there will be a two-hour multi cultural performance of drama, songs, dances and mimes.
- They cleared the floor and treated the crowd to a mime and dance routine that had us all in stitches.
- 1.2 [count noun] An action or actions intended to convey another action, an idea, or an emotion: he performed a brief mime of someone fencingMore example sentences
- And, when they do, they always smile and sigh, and there's a silent mime of applause.
- Joshua made circles of his fingers over his eyes, a brief mime of spectacles.
- Finally he ended with a mime of what looked like the preparation of an egg dish.
- 1.3 (also mime artist) [count noun] A practitioner of mime or a performer in a mime: he’s a very fine actor and mime artist troupes of feminist mimesMore example sentences
- One night a friend and I went into town to see the mime artist Marcel Marceau.
- Musicians, dancers, acrobats, clowns, actors, mimes and every hybrid in between entertain and educate audiences of kids, their parents and teachers.
- There will be actors strolling among the crowds, square dancers, singers, mimes and someone creating balloon animals.
- 2(In ancient Greece and Rome) a simple farcical drama including mimicry: the Dorian mimes first began to lay the foundations of the theatreMore example sentences
- In fact, in Greece during the first centuries ad the term denoted a category of actors who recreated ancient legends on stage through dramatic mimes!
- These were designed for public performances - gladiatorial contests and other spectacles in the amphitheatres, plays and mimes in the theatres - and were accessible to all classes of Roman society.
- N. Purcell examines imperial mimes, K. Coleman presents a study of the punishment of delatores - those who had spied for previous (and now deceased and discredited) emperors.
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- 1 [with object] Use only gesture and movement to act out (a play or role): (as adjective mimed) a mimed play [no object]: they’ve even mimed in a restaurant hallMore example sentences
- The title role was mimed in the original version.
- They gave him easy stuff to do, such as miming a scene while someone else did the voice.
- So Jon and I were standing there, miming this scene from Moonlight Mile - and have I mentioned just how scrumptious Jake Gyllenhaal looks in this movie, with the doe eyes and the buttery, knobby shoulders?
- 1.1Convey or represent (an action, idea, or emotion) by using only gesture and movement: Eddie mimed an attack of nauseaMore example sentences
- It feels real, thanks to the inclusion of a small girl who can effectively mime fear and horror.
- Robyn stood back and clasped her hands together, miming maidenly awe.
- My character mimed ill-disguised boredom while waiting for him to settle down.
- 2 [no object] Pretend to sing or play an instrument as a recording is being played: singers on television often mime to pre-recorded tape tracksMore example sentences
- Matt, Charlie and James will collectively flick the switch at 5.30 this Sunday and will then mime to some of their popular chart hits such as What I Go To School For and Year 3000.
- We also had some Simon and Garfunkel which we would use to mime to and put on concerts!
- They then hired a young unknown Chester band called The Wayriders to mime to the track in the accompanying video.
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- Bringing more good news from Sweden, these foxy female 20-somethings have been playing since pre-pubescence, and this well-timed stateside debut hits girlie bands and Strokes mimers where it hurts.
- The other aim of the acting lessons is to help the mimers to develop their ability to work with others and to create their own material.
- We had mummers and mimers, too, with ballads and traditional dialogues, and the famous old interlude of the Hobby Horse.
early 17th century (also in the sense 'mimic or jester'): from Latin mimus, from Greek mimos.
Entry from US English dictionary
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