pup·​pet·​ry | \ˈpə-pə-trē \
plural puppetries

Definition of puppetry 

1 : the production or creation of puppets or puppet shows

2 : the art of manipulating puppets

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Expect everything from dance and miming to puppetry and monologues, but remain open-minded enough for surprises. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Things to Do in Chicago This Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2018 To honor Anderson's legacy, his family requests donations to the Famous People Players in Toronto, a nonprofit black-light puppetry theater company that employs people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Libby Hill, latimes.com, "Michael Anderson, Oscar-nominated director of 'Around the World in 80 Days,' dies at 98," 29 Apr. 2018 Though the open-mic night is one of the last Homeward Bound events, Ms. Lum often hosts film screenings, public workshops on arts like papermaking and puppetry, and other events through her community group, the W.O.W. Project. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 Using puppetry, makeup and stop-motion animation, The Thing is able to depict nightmarish creatures with unrivaled acumen. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: What's on your bucket list, Cincinnati sports fans?," 14 June 2018 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Gender-bending stage adaptation of author Douglas Adams’ satirical sci-fi classic features puppetry, live music and more. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "The week ahead in SoCal theatre: 'Parade,' 'The Squirrels,' 'The Crucible' and more," 9 June 2018 There will be several programs featuring music, dance, and puppetry performance during the months of July and August. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Libraries Hosting Summer Adventures," 2 July 2018 Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet features a contemporary score by Joby Talbot and eye-popping design by Bob Crowley that includes everything from puppetry to projections. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enzian screens ballet, opera in summer series," 9 June 2018 Reading about the craftsmanship of handmade paper in Japan, beer culture in Belgium or puppetry in Slovakia may plant a seed for a future trip. Jessica Colley Clarke, New York Times, "Will U.S. Withdrawal from Unesco Affect Heritage Sites?," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of puppetry

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of puppetry

: the skill or activity of using puppets in performances

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