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 Puppetry takes so much work, and especially shadow puppetry has a lot of building elements to it. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Audiences will climb to the roof of a Minneapolis museum for unsettling 'Bug Girl'," 12 Oct. 2020 The puppetry in those shorts is sometimes extravagant. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Socially Distant, Except for the Dogs, Sheep and Chickens," 11 Oct. 2020 Think of this cyber-hijacking process as remote puppetry, a wireless form of body hopping that involves a computer spike being planted into your skull. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Possessor Is the Gnarliest Movie You’ll See This Year," 1 Oct. 2020 The cast will again sing the work, this time with orchestral accompaniment and preliminary puppetry from MicheLee Puppets. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Arts Season Preview 2020-21: Classical & Choral Music," 22 Sep. 2020 The complicated puppetry used to make the show was detailed in a behind-the-scenes documentary, The Crystal Calls. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Netflix cancels The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance after one season," 21 Sep. 2020 Super Simple Songs, whose YouTube channel has 24 million subscribers, combines animation and puppetry aimed at pre-schoolers for such shows as The Super Simple Monsters!, Noodle & Pals!, and The Super Simple Puppets. Billboard, "Warner Music Group's Arts Music & Warner Chappell Music Partner With Skyship Entertainment's Children's Brand," 18 Sep. 2020 The production showcases visual art, music, puppetry, dance, theater and multi-media design. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "TheaterWorks' new interactive show is 'part theatrical production . . . part escape room'," 9 Sep. 2020 And the theater’s online training site has almost a dozen classes and roundtables on offer, teaching standup, puppetry and creating props without a budget. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, "Now streaming from Chicago theater, comedy and dance — what’s new for August and the fall," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of puppetry

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Oct 2020

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“Puppetry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puppetry. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of puppetry

: the skill or activity of using puppets in performances

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