Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A type of popular Japanese drama, evolved from the older No theater, in which elaborately costumed performers, nowadays men only, use stylized movements, dances, and songs in order to enact tragedies and comedies.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of kabuki.

Etymologies

Japanese, art of singing and dancing : ka, singing (from Middle Chinese) + bu, dancing (from Middle Chinese muə, wuə) + ki, art, artist (from Middle Chinese giʔ, khi).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 歌舞伎 (kabuki). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But I tell you, I always know when I sit down, when there is what I call the Kabuki, where there is no interest to get anything done at that particular meeting.

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  • 1 In using the term Kabuki I am not intending to disparage Chinese forms of drama.

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  • Circle of Blood recounts the origins of the government operative known as Kabuki who works in Japan’s near future, It’s an exploration of the relationship between Japan’s government and organized crime on a truly epic scale!

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  • It may be part of what bankers call the Kabuki dance to scorn a suitor's first advances in the hope of getting a better offer.

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  • Could this be one of those fake Japanese restaurants – like Kabuki, which is Korean-owned?

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  • The evening's performance of Wagner's "Lohengrin" in Robert Wilson's minimalist, "Kabuki"-style production, was strongly cast up and down the line, but German lyric tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, right, was still a stand-out by any standards.

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  • They were in that part of Shinjuku known as Kabuki-cho, the older district, crammed with pachinko parlours, restaurants, topless bars, movie houses and theatres.

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  • Although wielded by four puppeteers clad from head to toe in black in the manner of the scenery-shifting kuroko in Japanese Kabuki theater, the puppet nevertheless has a strong will of its own.

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  • That's not to diminish the visual appeal of Kabuki, which is considerable.

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  • First-date destination: It's called the Kabuki, for goodness sake.

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