a form of Japanese drama dating from the 17th cent.: it is based on popular themes, with male and female roles performed by men only, chiefly in formalized pantomime, dance, and song
Origin of KabukiJpn, nominal form of kabuku, to be divergent, to deviate: in reference, refer to the early evaluation of this drama form
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.
Origin of KabukiJapanese, art of singing and dancing : ka, singing (from Middle Chinese ka; also the source of Mandarin g&emacron;) + bu, dancing; see buto + ki, art, artist (from Middle Chinese k&hhook;i`; also the source of Mandarin jì).
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From Japanese 歌舞伎 (kabuki, かぶき), from Middle Chinese 歌舞 (ka-mjú "song and dance") (compare Mandarin gēwǔ 歌舞) + 伎 (gjé "performer").