Definition of kabuki in English:

kabuki

Syllabification: ka·bu·ki
Pronunciation: /kəˈbo͞okē
 
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noun

A form of traditional Japanese drama with highly stylized song, mime, and dance, now performed only by male actors, using exaggerated gestures and body movements to express emotions, and including historical plays, domestic dramas, and dance pieces.
More example sentences
  • She studied traditional dance and kabuki in Japan but doesn't incorporate it into her work.
  • The fifth suite has Japanese kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando executing a series of dances while Ma plays.
  • The play even introduces elements of kabuki, shouted Japanese, and eleventh-century visuals into its overweening mix.

Origin

Japanese, originally as a verb meaning 'act dissolutely', later interpreted as if from ka 'song' + bu 'dance' + ki 'art'.

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