onnagata

onnagata

[on-uh-gah-tuh; Japanese awn-nah-gah-tah]
noun
a male actor in kabuki who performs female roles.

Origin:
1900–05; < Japanese

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onnagata
in Kabuki and similar drama, a man who plays female roles, 1901, from Jap., from onna "woman" + kata "figure."
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