kar·​a·​o·​ke | \ ˌker-ē-ˈō-kē How to pronounce karaoke (audio) , ˌka-rē- also kə-ˈrō-kē How to pronounce karaoke (audio) , ˌkä-rä-ˈō-(ˌ)kā How to pronounce karaoke (audio) \

Definition of karaoke

: a device that plays instrumental accompaniments for a selection of songs to which the user sings along and that records the user's singing with the music a karaoke machine also : a form of entertainment involving the use of such a device (as in a bar)

Examples of karaoke in a Sentence

That bar has karaoke on Saturday night.
Recent Examples on the Web Revelers can get their song on at Town Pump with karaoke and a midnight champagne toast. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, 23 Dec. 2021 Milwaukee's Bars & Recreation group is launching a new bar for private karaoke and team building called Amped in the city's brewery district. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2021 Put your own spin on your favorite tunes at karaoke on Sept. 3, or jam out with the Jimmy Buffett tribute band Lost Shaker of Salt on Sept. 4. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 Dance parties begin in living rooms and voices crackle over the sound systems at karaoke with a confidence that almost exclusively comes from taking too many shots. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 An Austin substitute teacher was kicked out of a classroom last week after bringing a karaoke machine to class and belting out some Britney Spears, the Austin Independent School District confirmed. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Dec. 2021 Also: Hampden residents really, really don’t want a karaoke bar on Falls Road. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 2 Dec. 2021 Unlike the annual international marathon in Pyongyang, North Korea, however, New York will not offer a chance to make an official pit stop in a karaoke bar. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Rock around the Christmas tree in this cozy Nashville suite equipped with its own in-room karaoke machine. Avery Newmark, ajc, 20 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of karaoke

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for karaoke

Japanese, from kara empty + ōke, short for ōkesutora orchestra

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“Karaoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karaoke. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of karaoke

: a form of entertainment in which a device plays the music of popular songs and people sing the words to the songs they choose


kar·​a·​o·​ke | \ ˌker-ē-ˈō-kē How to pronounce karaoke (audio) , kə-ˈrō-kē \

Kids Definition of karaoke

: a form of entertainment in which a device plays music to which a person sings along

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