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
Recent Examples on the Web The longtime Chicago cabaret on Milwaukee Avenue might be dark, but Davenport’s is lighting up Zoom with a show hosted by George Howe, Dan Michel and Kimberly Lawson. Doug George,, "What to do for New Years Eve in Chicago: Live-streaming and a live event to ring in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 The first cabaret will feature the husband-and-wife duo of Dustin and Courtney Cunningham. Matthew J. Palm,, "2021: I’m looking forward to these Orlando events," 29 Dec. 2020 Artist and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez puts his own spin on the songs of Madonna in this virtual cabaret show. Los Angeles Times, "The ultimate holiday shows list: 81 ‘Christmas Carols,’ ‘Nutcrackers’ and more," 11 Dec. 2020 Pink satin curtains are drawn against the late-afternoon light, five days after her cabaret performance in the upstairs lounge at El Trio restaurant. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 San Diego theater fans are mourning the permanent closure of Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage, a popular Hillcrest cabaret space where local musical theater artists, jazz bands and touring national artists had performed over the past 10 years. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Theater Notebook: Martinis Above Fourth takes its final bow," 20 Oct. 2020 Cole transformed the club with the help of his partner Roxy LeRoy Neuhardt, adding a cabaret show. oregonlive, "Darcelle XV becomes first Oregon business designated a national historic site for its place in LGBTQ history," 1 Dec. 2020 The staging will be cabaret-style with tables placed six feet apart. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Yes, you can get into the holiday spirit: Our guide to Christmas entertainment, events and things to do," 20 Nov. 2020 Other pieces included in the cabaret take on a less serious tone. Angela Roberts,, "‘Have Some Hope With Me’: Century High School Opening Knights prepare to debut ‘Quarantine Cabaret’," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of cabaret was in 1655

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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cabaret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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