cab·a·ret | \ ˌka-bə-ˈrā , ˈka-bə-ˌ \

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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Synonyms for cabaret


bistro, café (also cafe), club, nightclub, roadhouse

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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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Liliane Montevecchi, a glittering French gamin who became a cabaret star in Paris, a pal of Marlon Brando’s in Hollywood, and the Tony Award-winning ‘‘muse’’ of director Tommy Tune on Broadway, died June 29 at her home in Manhattan. Washington Post,, "Liliane Montevecchi, French cabaret star who won a Tony for ‘Nine,’ dies at 85," 6 July 2018 The indelible writer, actress, lunatic cabaret star and occasional solo performer Erin Markey comes to the Bushwick Starr with a two-hander, co-starring her friend Emily Davis. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 Each camp culminates in a cabaret-style performance featuring the live PMT band on June 8 and 15 with a 6 p.m. dinner and 6:30 p.m. show. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, "Looking for a summer camp? Here are options," 15 May 2018 But after some sips of Veuve Clicquot, other guests including Doutzen Kroes and Edie Campbell celebrated long into the evening to tracks laid by Gavin Koolmon while enjoying street magic and an otherworldly cabaret performance. Vogue, "Natalia Vodianova Brings The Fund Fair Back To London," 21 Feb. 2018 Like Stand Up Live, the venue will feature stand-up comedy, as well as nationally touring musicians, cabaret shows, celebrity appearances and other types of entertainment. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Entertainment venue CB Live to open this fall at Desert Ridge Marketplace," 9 July 2018 From Falling Apart to Nailing the Part Tony winner Lena Hall shares songs and stories in the West Coast premiere of this cabaret show. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in L.A. theater, May 13-20: 'Wood Boy Dog Fish,' 'Soft Power' and more," 13 May 2018 Image Many dozens of free performances of every kind — surf rock, punk cabaret, mandolin orchestra, Bach — fill the city from dawn to nightfall each summer solstice for Make Music New York. New York Times, "A Musical Solstice Spectacle Sprawls Across New York," 22 June 2018 The event included a dinner with cabaret performances, followed by a more formal program in the auditorium. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "RHAM Hosts An Evening Of The Arts," 19 June 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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