: 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
- That bar has karaoke on Saturday night.
Origin of KARAOKE
Japanese, from kara
empty + ōke,
short for ōkesutora
First Known Use: 1979
Other Performing Arts Terms
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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