Definition of onnagata in English:

onnagata

noun

  • A man who plays female roles in Japanese kabuki theatre; a female kabuki role.

Origin

Early 20th century. From Japanese onnagata, lit. ‘woman form’ from onna woman + -gata, combining form of kata form, impression, style, shape.

Pronunciation

onnagata

/ɒnəˈɡɑːtə/