shadow play


: a drama exhibited by throwing shadows of puppets or actors on a screen

called also shadow show

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web From the street, the indoor intensity appears like a shadow play of figures striding up and down those theatrical stairs. Curbed, 25 Feb. 2022 Dear San Francisco is powered by exhilarating acrobatics, choreography, spoken word, video projections, shadow play, and original music. San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Aug. 2022 The podcast’s first episode, played in the next room, would be augmented by projections of stars evoking Griffith Observatory; a shadow play; and onscreen images that stopped short of making a movie out of a podcast. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 Layered knits and easygoing silhouettes heat up among desert sun rays and shadow play. WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 That movie, or some imaginary version of it, is still unfurling as a shadow play in the megaplex of my mind. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 Oct. 2021 Was that whole parade of new-city fantasies just a shadow play, distracting us from the inexorable forces of mediocrity? Justin Davidson, Curbed, 31 Aug. 2021 The South African polymath — whose skills include drawing, painting, filmmaking, theater, opera, shadow play, and puppetry — is surely accustomed to grander scale. Globe Staff,, 19 Nov. 2020 The shadow play of the concrete sunscreen of 3525 Turtle Creek. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 15 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shadow play was circa 1890

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“Shadow play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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