Definition of ombres chinoises in English:

ombres chinoises

Pronunciation /ˌɒmbrə ʃɪnˈwɑːz/ /ˌɒmbrə ʃiːnˈwɑːz/

noun

historical
  • With plural agreement. A puppet shadow play.

Origin

Late 18th century. From French ombres chinoises from ombres, plural of ombre shadow + chinoises, feminine plural of chinois (adjective) Chinese, with allusion to the Chinese origins of this type of theatre.