cabaret

noun cab·a·ret \ ˌka-bə-ˈrā , ˈka-bə-ˌ \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of cabaret

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

Examples of cabaret in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of cabaret

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

cabaret Synonyms

Synonyms
bistro, boîte, nightclub, café (also cafe), club, nightspot, nitery (also niterie), roadhouse, supper club
Related Words
a-go-go, disco, discotheque (or discothéque); barroom, pub [chiefly British], public house [chiefly British], saloon, tavern; clip joint [slang], dive, honky-tonk, key club, speakeasy; canteen, watering hole, watering place

CABARET Defined for English Language Learners

cabaret

noun

Definition of cabaret for English Language Learners

  • : a restaurant where you can buy alcohol and see a musical show

  • : entertainment provided at a such a restaurant



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