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.
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 kabuki
Japanese art of singing and dancing ka singing (from Middle Chinese ka) (also the source of Mandarin gē) bu dancing buto ki art, artist (from Middle Chinese kfii`) (also the source of Mandarin jì)