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 And while nobody in the crowd went for a lingerie look, the dancers swinging from the ceiling added a dash of cabaret flair to the whimsical, alluring evening. Vogue, "Farfetch Hosted a Burlesque Bash in Honor of Caroline Vreeland’s Collab With Kiki de Montparnasse," 31 Oct. 2019 Carr said his father began writing weekly editorials for a Philadelphia tabloid called The Nitelifer that advertised bars, nightclubs, cabaret parties, concerts and dances. Jess Nocera,, "Columbia political cartoonist’s book ‘JUST US!’ showcases a black perspective on current events," 16 Oct. 2019 Garland, having exhausted all her other opportunities, is performing — sometimes gloriously, often shambolically — a five-week run of shows at the London cabaret Talk of the Town. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Zellweger on her empathy and adoration for Judy Garland," 24 Sep. 2019 Six years passed before Ann was discovered while performing for free at a cabaret-coffeehouse that doubled as a small stage for plays and concerts. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "A Closer Look at The Brady Bunch’s Ann B. Davis aka Alice, the Housekeeper," 23 Sep. 2019 The most uncomfortable of these is an eye-popping cabaret number performed by Rabbi Raquel (Kathryn Hahn, wasted), who unsuccessfully tries to maintain a healthy distance from the destructive Pfeffermans. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Transparent: Musicale Finale': TV Review," 16 Sep. 2019 Then the cabaret people asked us if anyone wanted to come up and sing. Ruth Kinane,, "Lewis Capaldi has 'no f—ing clue' why you love his song 'Someone You Loved' so much," 10 Sep. 2019 Thank You for the Music Barber tells her story of growing up legally blind due to albinism in this cabaret show. Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: Bill Irwin’s ‘On Beckett,’ Ethan Coen’s ‘A Play Is a Poem’ and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Cole attempted to quell the aggression that sometimes broke out by putting on a cabaret show. oregonlive, "Darcelle is finally having her Portland moment," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of cabaret was in 1655

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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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