Pronunciation: (kä-bOO'kē, ku-, kä'bOO-kē),[key] —n. 1. popular drama of Japan, developed chiefly in the 17th century, characterized by elaborate costuming, rhythmic dialogue, stylized acting, music, and dancing, and the performance of both male and female roles by male actors. Cf. Nō. 2. (cap.) Also called Grand Kabuki. public performances of this type of drama.