bu·​toh ˈbü-tō How to pronounce butoh (audio)
variants or Butoh
: a form of dance or performance art of Japanese origin typically involving slow movement and often white makeup
Fujiwara's solo piece, Lost and Found, draws more on her background in the Japanese modern dance form butoh.Erika Thorkelson, Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), 12 Jan. 2013

Word History


borrowed from Japanese butō "dance"

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of butoh was in 1984

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“Butoh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butoh. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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