pup·​pet·​ry | \ ˈpə-pə-trē How to pronounce puppetry (audio) \
plural puppetries

Definition of puppetry

1 : the production or creation of puppets or puppet shows
2 : the art of manipulating puppets

Examples of puppetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bobby creates shadow puppetry, animation, scenery and props, plays instruments and does all the filming and editing. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021 This film pits father and son against some giant bugs who never seem all that threatening but do allow the effects team to bring in some cool new monsters and showcase some impressive puppetry. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 31 Mar. 2021 The Puppets of New York exhibition covers three themes emphasizing puppets in urban space, displaying the power of puppetry to reveal culture, politics, and art. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The 40-minute musical featured live performers and large puppetry to tell the story of lost, curious clownfish Nemo and the search by his protective father Marlin, who is assisted in the hunt by Dory, a short-attention-span blue tang. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Adapted for the stage from Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella by Cygnet artistic director Sean Murray, the musical features caroling, humor, puppetry, a miniature village and special effects. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 As its name suggests, the Bread and Puppet Theater is dedicated to two types of art: baking and puppetry. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Shadow puppetry came out of the desire to not do flashbacks that were scenes from the original film cut into our film or recreated with different actors. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Basil Twist’s avant guarde puppetry is recognized all over the world. Carl Swanson, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of puppetry

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Oct 2021

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“Puppetry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppetry. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of puppetry

: the skill or activity of using puppets in performances

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