noun \ˌker-ē-ˈō-kē, ˌka-rē- also kə-ˈrō-kē, ˌkä-rä-ˈō-(ˌ)kā\

: a form of entertainment in which a device plays the music of popular songs and people sing the words to the songs they choose

Full Definition of KARAOKE

:  a device that plays instrumental accompaniments for a selection of songs to which the user sings along and that records the user's singing with the music; also :  a form of entertainment involving the use of a karaoke machine

Examples of KARAOKE

  1. That bar has karaoke on Saturday night.

Origin of KARAOKE

Japanese, from kara empty + ōke, short for ōkesutora orchestra
First Known Use: 1979

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

Rhymes with KARAOKE


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Use of a device that plays instrumental accompaniments to songs with the vocal tracks removed, permitting the user to sing the lead. Karaoke apparently first appeared in the amusement quarter of Kobe, Japan, where it became popular among businessmen in the late 1970s. It gained widespread popularity in the U.S. in the late 1980s. It is usually featured at bars, where patrons can perform on a stage and sing popular hits by reading lyrics electronically displayed on a monitor. A video film often accompanies the music.


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