cab·​a·​ret | \ˌka-bə-ˈrā, ˈka-bə-ˌ\

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

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The second is a cabaret-club management sim, pulled right out of Yakuza 0, which remains one of the most entertaining side activities in any Yakuza game. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Review: Yakuza Kiwami 2 gets cleaned up for PS4," 28 Aug. 2018 Studio Artists also sing supporting roles in the festival and star in cabaret performances. Paul Hodgins,, "Opera NEO blazes new trails on a shoestring, focusing on education and unpredictability," 1 July 2018 In her role, Brooke is responsible for seven shows per week in Houston's biggest burlesque cabaret. Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Woodlands resident tabbed for development director job at Houston theater," 25 May 2018 Mid-century-style cabaret and with classic cocktails and bar snacks. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Shuttered for 40 years, Willis Show Bar will reopen Friday in Cass Corridor," 23 Apr. 2018 Liliane Montevecchi, a glittering French gamin who became a cabaret star in Paris, a pal of Marlon Brando’s in Hollywood, and the Tony Award-winning ‘‘muse’’ of director Tommy Tune on Broadway, died June 29 at her home in Manhattan. Washington Post,, "Liliane Montevecchi, French cabaret star who won a Tony for ‘Nine,’ dies at 85," 6 July 2018 The indelible writer, actress, lunatic cabaret star and occasional solo performer Erin Markey comes to the Bushwick Starr with a two-hander, co-starring her friend Emily Davis. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 Each camp culminates in a cabaret-style performance featuring the live PMT band on June 8 and 15 with a 6 p.m. dinner and 6:30 p.m. show. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, "Looking for a summer camp? Here are options," 15 May 2018 But after some sips of Veuve Clicquot, other guests including Doutzen Kroes and Edie Campbell celebrated long into the evening to tracks laid by Gavin Koolmon while enjoying street magic and an otherworldly cabaret performance. Vogue, "Natalia Vodianova Brings The Fund Fair Back To London," 21 Feb. 2018

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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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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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