cab·​a·​ret ˌka-bə-ˈrā How to pronounce cabaret (audio)
archaic : a shop selling wines and liquors
: a restaurant serving liquor and providing entertainment (as by singers or dancers) : nightclub
: the show provided at a cabaret

Examples of cabaret in a Sentence

a singing superstar who got her start singing in the cabarets of New York City
Recent Examples on the Web The French backdrop facilitates eccentricities like a bizarre concert hall with a unique orchestra, an extended cameo from Jean-Pierre Jeunet regular Dominique Pinon, and an underground cabaret, emceed by Drag Race France winner Paloma. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2023 Beck, as managing producer, and Lapp, as artistic director, pivoted and began producing concerts and cabaret shows to keep audiences engaged during the pandemic. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2023 Related Outside of music, Activities on the boats will include stand up comedy, skateboarding and a cabaret set from Dita von Teese. Katie Bain, Billboard, 16 Aug. 2023 From scandalous love triangles to unforgettable cast trips, the RHONY stars have made memories and experienced trials of embarrassment worthy of a literal cabaret show. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 18 July 2023 In the Bravo universe, housewives immortalize themselves by flipping tables during dinner parties, staging over-the-top cabaret shows, and throwing meme-worthy shade during conflicts. Time, 21 Aug. 2023 The Playhouse auditorium has been turned into a working pub, with audience members seated at cabaret tables and a real bar sells cocktails, wine, soft drinks and snacks to attendees. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2023 Under House Bill 245, any cabaret performance in front of a minor would be criminalized as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on whether the performance was harmful or obscene. cleveland, 19 July 2023 At points, the show is more of a cabaret than a narrative aimed like a dagger at the heart. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cabaret was in 1655

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Cite this Entry

“Cabaret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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cab·​a·​ret ˌkab-ə-ˈrā How to pronounce cabaret (audio)

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