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

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Opening Friday Drag Time Jomama Jones is a force of nature, as her off-Broadway hit Black Light— a cabaret-style performance incorporating original songs influenced by artists including Prince and Diana Ross — demonstrates., "Drag Time," 14 Sep. 2019 The vibrant and engaging show—which runs through September 7—stages a fiercely provocative line-up of body-positive and feminist artists, reimagining the art of cabaret through dance, storytelling, drag, and much more. Joseph Hernandez, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Chicago Labor Day Weekend 2019," 23 Aug. 2019 Tables and chairs were set up cabaret-style, and many folks enjoyed alcoholic beverages during the concert. Christian Hertzogwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A concert of 21st-century American music signals new direction for SummerFest," 12 Aug. 2019 Produced by nightlife legend Susanne Bartsch, the cabaret-style show features many LGBTQ performers — including drag queens, drag kings and burlesque dancers. Alexander Kacala, NBC News, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends NYC drag show: 'You are beautiful. You are accepted.'," 8 July 2019 To become an epicenter of cabaret, the art form has to grow here. Susie Schmank, Indianapolis Star, "New cabaret featuring local talent puts Indy one step closer to becoming a cabaret mecca," 1 Mar. 2018 Over five albums, Del Rey’s sound has swung between glacial, expansive rock and cabaret and glossy trip-hop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Lana Del Rey’s Obituary for America," 30 Aug. 2019 But the holiday is also as good a time as any to indulge in a flurry of activity, from block parties—hosted by some of the city’s best bars and restaurants—to artsy cabaret acts and buzzy outdoor concerts. Joseph Hernandez, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Chicago Labor Day Weekend 2019," 23 Aug. 2019 Despite a lengthy commute from Hayward, Lee and her camera document everything from film screenings, cabarets and street fairs to her beloved drag shows at Oasis and the Castro Theatre. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: The cops that sleep in their cars," 21 Aug. 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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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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