cab·​o·​ti·​nage | \ ¦kabətə̇¦näzh \
plural cabotinages\ " \

Definition of cabotinage

: behavior befitting a second-rate actor : obvious playing to the audience : theatricality

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First Known Use of cabotinage

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cabotinage

French, from cabotin strolling actor, charlatan (from Cabotin, 17th century French actor) + -age

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“Cabotinage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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