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noun, plural pup·pet·ries.
  1. the art of making puppets or presenting puppet shows.
  2. the action of puppets.
  3. mummery; mere show.
  4. puppets collectively.
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Origin of puppetry

First recorded in 1520–30; see origin at puppet, -ry
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British Dictionary definitions for puppetry


  1. the art of making and manipulating puppets and presenting puppet shows
  2. unconvincing or specious presentation
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Word Origin and History for puppetry


1520s; see puppet (n.) + -ry.

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