Kabuki definitions

kə-bo͝o'kē
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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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.
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A form of Japanese theatre in which elaborately costumed male performers use stylized movements, dances, and songs in order to enact tragedies and comedies.
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Origin of kabuki

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