ombres chinoises

plural noun

om·​bres chi·​noises
sometimes capitalized
: shadows of puppets or persons thrown upon a transparent screen and used as characters in a dramatic presentation

Word History


French, literally, Chinese shadows

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“Ombres chinoises.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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