: traditional Japanese popular drama performed with highly stylized singing and dancing

Examples of Kabuki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For now, all the Kremlin’s public statements about being willing to negotiate are merely Kabuki theater designed to paint Moscow in a favorable light in order to undermine international support for Ukraine. Branislav L. Slantchev, Foreign Affairs, 1 Apr. 2024 Some observers speculate that Putin, an impenetrable and often seemingly isolated figure, is the only person who fully believed the Kabuki theater of Russia’s election. Catherine Belton, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2024 In the tradition of Kabuki theater, actors paint this same white makeup on. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 9 Mar. 2024 Backstage, Jade Cargill confronted Damage CTRL after their attack on Bayley. Dakota Kai and Bayley vs. Kabuki Warriors Grade: B Carlito Def. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 The final Kabuki dance move is the passage of the final budget by June 15th. Jon Coupal, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Details: 3½ stars; opens Feb. 16 at the Kabuki in San Francisco, Feb. 23 at the Smith Rafael Center in San Rafael and March 1 at the Roxie in San Francisco. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 Ortiz arrived in Kansas City in 1990 from Mexico and got a job washing and busing dishes at Kabuki, a Japanese restaurant in Crown Center. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 19 Jan. 2024 During the taping this week, her guest was Kankuro Nakamura VI, a sixth-generation Kabuki actor whose father and grandfather were also regular visitors on Ms. Kuroyanagi’s couch. Motoko Rich, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024

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Word History



First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Kabuki was in 1899

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“Kabuki.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kabuki. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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: traditional popular Japanese drama with singing and dancing

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