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 music video features the aggravated singer flipping off every party attendee while relishing in none of their freedom, as he's controlled by a puppeteer who physically and psychologically keeps him from joining the fun. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to Blackbear's 'Hot Girl Bummer'," 30 Oct. 2019 The common denominator is Iran’s Quds Force and its commander, General Qassem Soleimani, a former bodybuilder turned military commander, who has become Iran’s strategic puppeteer. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Iran Entrenches Its “Axis of Resistance” Across the Middle East," 20 Sep. 2019 Live entertainment includes several bands performing Scandinavian folk music, including celtic folk/rock and pirate bands along with dancing, puppeteers and a jugglers. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Viking Festival this weekend in Vista," 19 Sep. 2019 Another features puppeteer Rick Lyon, who previously worked on Sesame Street and designed all the puppets for the Broadway musical Avenue Q. In each video, the maker guides the viewer through their creative process. Wired, "Adam Savage’s New VR App Lets You Visit Maker Workshops," 11 Sep. 2019 At last year's New York Comic-Con, Leterrier said the series would be true to the original in the use of animatronic puppetry rather than CGI, with green screens to remove the puppeteers from the final footage. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Sigourney Weaver, Mark Hamill lend voices to Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," 13 Aug. 2019 The line up includes DJ Teddy and puppeteer Kunzika. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "TheaterWorks’ 6th District Night block party celebrates PRIDE," 11 June 2019 Instead, Brian Fisher, a puppeteer behind Pikachu in Detective Pikachu, will provide the animal noises and vocal characteristics. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Meet the daemons: HBO's His Dark Materials reveals voice cast," 30 Aug. 2019 UConn puppeteer Neda Izadi will exhibit her work at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown, until July 31. courant.com, "Watercolor paintings from world travels on display at Yale Center for British Art," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of puppeteer

1915, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2019

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“Puppeteer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppeteer. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of puppeteer

: a person who uses puppets in performances to entertain people

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