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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cabotinage was in 1894

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“Cabotinage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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