pup·​pe·​teer | \ ˌpə-pə-ˈtir \

Definition of puppeteer

: one who manipulates puppets

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In recent years, Sabry has lodged complaints against actors, televangelists, puppeteers, and pop stars alike. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rania Youssef Is the Egyptian Actress Who Faced Obscenity Charges Over a Dress," 4 Dec. 2018 Other cases included puppeteers purveying political satire, bloggers joking about assassinations of members of the 1939-1975 authoritarian regime and singers flouting at terror attack victims. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "Belgian court rules out extradition for Spanish rapper," 17 Sep. 2018 Night Fall performers will come in their costumes, and puppeteer Anne Cubberly will premiere her newest creation. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Night Fall To Host Fundraiser In Elizabeth Park," 14 July 2018 From this angle the audience cannot see the puppeteers who are shoulder-to-shoulder behind the stage. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Puppeteers perform for Diwali: Lights of India festival at Seattle Center," 20 Oct. 2018 Spinney is a puppeteer and the original performer behind some of Sesame Street's most beloved characters, including Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "How Caroll Spinney Amassed a Large Net Worth and So Much More From 'Sesame Street'," 17 Oct. 2018 Within just 11 days of filming, Blanchett managed to fully occupy and own each role, transforming herself from a homeless man into a CEO, a scientist into a ballet instructor, a creepy puppeteer into an angry punk. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch her play a Jim Jarmusch-obsessed schoolteacher in an exclusive clip from the new film.," 2 June 2017 The Evanston native, who has collaborated with acclaimed Chicago puppeteer Blair Thomas, is a company member of the inventive Manual Cinema. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Lizi Breit, Evanston puppeteer who also loves ceramics," 9 July 2018 Behind a screen, puppets mounted on long, slim sticks dance and sway, twirling, backlit so that only their dark shadows appear, while puppeteers called Karagyoz players sing, provide sound effects and create voices for the characters. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of puppeteer

1915, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of puppeteer

: a person who uses puppets in performances to entertain people

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