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

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 And the Faena Live cabaret show Tryst will perform for the first time outside its Faena Miami hotel theater. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022 Michael Tilson Thomas with the L.A. Phil and Tony winner John Lloyd Young in a new cabaret show lead our shortlist of cultural offerings this weekend. Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 More highlights include Lisa Fischer, who sang backup for years for The Rolling Stones, and post-post modern cabaret favorite Meow Meow. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2022 The duo were central to a burgeoning alt-cabaret movement, which defied the decorum of the Carlyle and other staid venues. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Daryl Nitz and George Howe host a musical party that is part improv, part music and all cabaret. Doug George,, 22 Dec. 2021 Check out cabaret at 8 p.m. at Blank Canvas Theatre at 78th Street Studios and Capitol Theatre for multiple show times. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 Another aspiring star-maker is Mr. Beetle (Gottfried), a smarmy insect who headlines a Ziegfeldian cabaret that hosts the Beetle Ball. Angelica Frey, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021 France this week will induct American cabaret dancer, civil rights activist, and World War II spy Josephine Baker into its Pantheon. Harold Maass, The Week, 29 Nov. 2021

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Cabaret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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