Definition of Kathakali noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkʌtəˈkʌli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkʌtəˈkʌli//
; BrE BrE//ˌkɑːtəˈkɑːli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːtəˈkɑːli//
[uncountable] (Indian English)
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a form of dramatic dance that is based on Hindu literature, in which the dancers perform as characters by wearing brightly coloured clothing and masks and using mime (= the use of movement and expression to tell a story) classical styles of dance such as Kathakali the stylized costumes and masks of Kathakali Kathakali eclipses other dance forms by its grandeur.