shadow play



a show in which shadows of puppets, flat figures, or live actors are projected onto a lighted screen.

Origin of shadow play

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called shadowgraph, shadow pantomime, shadow show, shadow theater. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shadow play

Historical Examples of shadow play

  • Was it a moving herd, a shifting mist, a shadow-play between the night and dawn?

    Under Two Flags

    Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]

British Dictionary definitions for shadow play

shadow play


a theatrical entertainment using shadows thrown by puppets or actors onto a lighted screen
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