cab·​a·​ret | \ ˌka-bə-ˈrā How to pronounce cabaret (audio) , ˈka-bə-ˌrā\

Definition of cabaret

1 archaic : a shop selling wines and liquors
2a : a restaurant serving liquor and providing entertainment (as by singers or dancers) : nightclub
b : the show provided at a cabaret

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Examples of cabaret in a Sentence

a singing superstar who got her start singing in the cabarets of New York City

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This is the appeal of a matinee at the Can Can: custom cabaret-style shows in an intimate setting. Elisa Murray, The Seattle Times, "Leapin’ lizards! We leaped through 3 family holiday shows, from ‘Annie’ to ‘Matilda’ to ‘Wonderland’," 5 Dec. 2018 And then for my 60th, my daughter threw me a great, great party, a surprise, down at the Box [a cabaret in New York]. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Donna Karan on Turning 70, the Source of Her Social Conscience, and How She Gets It All Done," 2 Oct. 2018 The production, with music and lyrics by off-Broadway and cabaret veteran Joe Iconis, began life with a 2015 regional theater production in New Jersey. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Teen Hit ‘Be More Chill’ Hopes to Age Well on Broadway," 1 Oct. 2018 During the Second World War, German spies mingled with British officers at Madam Badia’s cabaret; in the 1970s, dancers performed for American presidents. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Foreign Belly Dancers? Egyptians Shake Their Heads (and Hips)," 8 July 2018 And yes, there were clowns – but not the scary kind - and a family-friendly cabaret. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Clownia: Global Bands Come Together in Catalonia for a Summer Feel-Better Festival," 5 July 2018 While the space cabaret idea is unique and a nice showcase for the University of Southern California student’s kooky costumes and puppets, the script is confusing and annoyingly meta. Pam Kragen,, "San Diego International Fringe Festival gets off to a smooth and diverse start," 25 June 2018 After Big Edie’s death, Little Edie briefly became a cabaret singer. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jackie Kennedy Onassis was 'horrified' of recluse aunt, cousin living in crumbling Grey Gardens, book claims," 12 Sep. 2018 Her set spanned a century of black creativity, touching on jazz, cabaret and blues, the Afrofuturism of Sun Ra and OutKast, the funk of James Brown and Janet Jackson. Greg Kot,, "Janelle Monae at the Chicago Theatre: Outcasts unite," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of cabaret

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cabaret

French, from Middle French dialect (Picard or Walloon), from Middle Dutch, alteration of cambret, cameret, from Middle French dialect (Picard) camberete small room, ultimately from Late Latin camera — more at chamber

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English Language Learners Definition of cabaret

: a restaurant where you can buy alcohol and see a musical show
: entertainment provided at a such a restaurant

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