Bunraku

noun

Bun·​ra·​ku bu̇n-ˈrä-(ˌ)kü How to pronounce Bunraku (audio)
: Japanese puppet theater featuring large costumed wooden puppets, puppeteers who are onstage, and a chanter who speaks all the lines

Examples of Bunraku in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Michael is around three feet tall and is operated, Bunraku style, by three puppeteers. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Japanese

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bunraku was in 1920

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“Bunraku.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bunraku. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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