pup·pe·teer | \ˌpə-pə-ˈtir \

Definition of puppeteer 

: one who manipulates puppets

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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 Image The Angel Shadows — three dancers and two puppeteers — are one of the most remarkable elements about this Tony Award-winning production, directed by Marianne Elliott. New York Times, "This Angel in America Takes Wing With Help From 5 Shadows," 21 June 2018 The hosts had taken over the park, seizing control from their human puppeteers and exacting revenge in all sorts of hideously creative ways. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "After that wild 'Westworld' finale, the robots aren't the only ones disoriented," 26 June 2018 These scenes benefit from the strong acting of the human characters and the creative design of the giants, stilt walkers, lion, and puppeteers which interact with them, played and operated by Tristin Hale and Kristina Litz. Danny Atkinson, Courant Community, "Epoch Arts Opens Summer Season," 2 July 2018 Being John Malkovich is odd and impossible, a challenging story about a puppeteer who discovers a portal into the mind of actor John Malkovich. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Tired of endless sequels? Don't miss these original films this summer," 15 June 2018 It’s family-friendly, with jugglers and puppeteers to entertain the little ones. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "Philadelphia's summer festivals from Wawa Welcome America and Odunde to the Philadelphia Folk Festival," 6 June 2018 An entertainment jack-of-all-trades, McCann worked as a kids show host, puppeteer, star of commercials, nightclub comic, movie actor, voiceover performer and celebrity impersonator. Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Chuck McCann, Comic Actor and Popular Kids TV Host, Dies at 83," 9 Apr. 2018 Despite a vast field of candidates (including a transhumanist, a rapper, and puppeteer), three are leading the race: Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa, and Republican John Cox. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "27 Candidates Are Running to Replace California Gov. Jerry Brown. Meet the 3 Frontrunners," 27 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of puppeteer

: a person who uses puppets in performances to entertain people

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