plural -s
: the expressive use of face or hands characteristic of the kathakali dance style of India

Word History


borrowed from Sanskrit abhinayaḥ "acting, dramatic action," noun derivative of abhinayati "he leads toward, brings near, represents dramatically," from abhi "to, toward" + nayati "he leads"

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abhinaya was in 1880

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“Abhinaya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abhinaya. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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