pup·​pe·​teer | \ ˌpə-pə-ˈtir How to pronounce puppeteer (audio) \

Definition of puppeteer

: one who manipulates puppets

Examples of puppeteer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The multitalented Hoyer is a clown, mime, puppeteer, and teacher. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 23 Dec. 2021 Mickey Sabbath, the aging, insatiable puppeteer, asks his dead mother’s ghost. The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 Kathleen Kim, Ji-Young's puppeteer, who is also Korean American, was previously accepted into a Sesame Street workshop back in 2014, which later turned into a mentorship and then a spot on part of the show's team in the years that followed. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 15 Nov. 2021 Being a puppeteer on a show Ms. Kim watched growing up was a dream come true. Terry Tang, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Nov. 2021 His circle of fellow Modernists included the painter Lajos Tihanyi, the sculptors Etienne Beöthy and Joseph Csáky, the dancer Magda Förstner, the puppeteer Géza Blattner, and the textile designer Eva Révai. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, 11 Dec. 2021 Alabama GOP’s corrupt puppeteer is now working in an orange jumpsuit from his own Mar-a-Lago. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 18 Nov. 2021 Finally the one who saved the film was [Estelle Carlier] a young puppeteer in France. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Give a hand to Lisa Schlenker, the puppet's creative director; Gabriella Ashlin, its puppeteer; and Aaron Reese Boseman, its rollicking basso voice. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of puppeteer

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of puppeteer was in 1915

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“Puppeteer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppeteer. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of puppeteer

: a person who uses puppets in performances to entertain people

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