yellowface

[ yel-oh-feys ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊˌfeɪs /

noun

facial makeup used by a white, non-Asian actor or entertainer when portraying an East Asian: In Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, the role of Cio-Cio San was performed in yellowface.

Nearby words

  1. yellowbark,
  2. yellowbelly,
  3. yellowbird,
  4. yellowcake,
  5. yelloweye rockfish,
  6. yellowfin tuna,
  7. yellowfinch,
  8. yellowhammer,
  9. yellowhead,
  10. yellowish

Origin of yellowface

First recorded in 1850–55; yellow (in the sense “Asian”) + face

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