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 Grover, who was brought to life by a puppeteer from Bangladesh, was soon surrounded by delirious children. NBC News, "Sesame Street unveils Rohingya Muppets to help kids overcome 'unthinkable horrors'," 17 Dec. 2020 Coach Kevin Stefanski remained the puppeteer but Mayfield processed favorable matchups quickly, kept his eyes downfield when the pocket broke down and thus, made plays. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns vs. the New York Giants preview: Previewing New York and how they match up," 15 Dec. 2020 While Musk points us to a distant star, his other hand splays like a puppeteer’s, strings descending to connect everybody and everything in our present, single world. David Beers, The New Republic, "Selling the American Space Dream," 7 Dec. 2020 Historically, this player was a puppeteer, pulling the strings and connecting the lines to dish assists to his teammates. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Mauricio Pereyra is elite conductor of Orlando City attack," 19 Nov. 2020 Hardin is a puppeteer, a Muppeteer, and a Disney imagineer who has worked as an actor and artist on many iconic movies. Star Tribune, "A Welcomed Warming Trend For The Rest Of The Week," 26 Oct. 2020 Hardin is a puppeteer, a Muppeteer, and a Disney imagineer who has worked as an actor and artist on many iconic movies. Adrienne So, Wired, "How to Carve a Pumpkin—From a Pro Sculptor," 26 Oct. 2020 Above his consoles, Mr. Elfman has hung a series of marionette puppets designed by his friend, New York puppeteer Erik Sanko. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Danny Elfman, Who Scored ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands,’ Lists L.A. Homes for $14.6 Million," 21 Oct. 2020 For creators like Cherry, the puppeteer, the group has provided a platform to share work in the absence of gallery shows and other venues. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "For these Baltimore artists, isolation has given way to creativity," 20 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of puppeteer

1915, in the meaning defined above

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29 Dec 2020

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“Puppeteer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppeteer. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of puppeteer

: a person who uses puppets in performances to entertain people

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