kabuki

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See also: Kabuki

English[edit]

Depiction of a kabuki theater scene.

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Japanese 歌舞伎 (kabuki).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /kəˈbuːki/
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  • Hyphenation: ka‧bu‧ki
  • Rhymes: -uːki

Noun[edit]

kabuki (uncountable)

  1. (often capitalized) A form of Japanese theatre in which elaborately costumed male performers use stylized movements, dances, and songs in order to enact tragedies and comedies.
    • 2007 July 19, Charles Isherwood, “Guilty Pleasures of Comic Kabuki”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Despite its self-consciously assumed irreverence toward traditional practices, “Hokaibo” incorporates all the essential elements of classic Kabuki: the all-male company of actors, exaggerated makeup, the stomping dances, the arresting, cross-eyed poses at moments of high drama that are recognized and applauded.
  2. (by extension, US) A stylized, pretentious, and often hollow performance; (especially) political posturing.
    • 2010 March 14, Jon Lackman, “It’s Time To Retire Kabuki: The word doesn’t mean what pundits think it does”, in Slate[2]:
      Health care reform recently brought Kabuki to mind for both Rush Limbaugh—“what you have here is ‘Kabuki theater’”—and New York Times columnist Frank Rich: “[I]f I were to place an incautious bet on which political event will prove the most significant of February 2010, I wouldn’t choose the kabuki health care summit.”
    • 2020 January 29, Dan Brooks, “Comedy Written for the Machines”, in New York Times Magazine[3]:
      The boy tells her she will find iPhone chargers if she takes five steps back. Here the performance shifts from mere stiltedness to a kind of hateful Kabuki, an affected defiance of how people naturally act: She walks backward, counting her steps, then turns and slaps her forehead.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Japanese 歌舞伎 (kabuki).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ka.by.ki/, /ka.bu.ki/

Noun[edit]

kabuki m (plural kabukis)

  1. kabuki

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Indonesian[edit]

Indonesian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia id

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 歌舞伎 (kabuki).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaˈbuki/
  • Hyphenation: ka‧bu‧ki

Noun[edit]

kabuki (first-person possessive kabukiku, second-person possessive kabukimu, third-person possessive kabukinya)

  1. (art, drama) kabuki.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Japanese 歌舞伎 (kabuki).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaˈbu.ki/
  • Rhymes: -uki
  • Hyphenation: ka‧bù‧ki

Noun[edit]

kabuki m (uncountable)

  1. kabuki (Japanese theatrical genre)

Adjective[edit]

kabuki (invariable)

  1. (relational) kabuki

References[edit]

  • kabuki in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
  • kabuki in Dizionario Italiano Olivetti, Olivetti Media Communication

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

kabuki

  1. Rōmaji transcription of かぶき

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Japanese 歌舞伎 (kabuki).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaˈbu.ki/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uki
  • Syllabification: ka‧bu‧ki

Noun[edit]

kabuki n (indeclinable)

  1. kabuki

Further reading[edit]

  • kabuki in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • kabuki in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Japanese 歌舞伎 (kabuki).

Noun[edit]

kabuki m (uncountable)

  1. kabuki (form of Japanese theatre)

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Unadapted borrowing from English kabuki or French kabuki.

Noun[edit]

kabuki n (uncountable)

  1. kabuki

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Japanese 歌舞伎 (kabuki).

Noun[edit]

kabuki m (plural kabukis)

  1. kabuki

Adjective[edit]

kabuki (invariable)

  1. (relational) kabuki

Further reading[edit]