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.

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Later that night, Bella joined Abel and his friends for karaoke, according to videos in his Instagram story. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Went Instagram Official with the Sweetest Video," 23 July 2018 In Anderson’s North Philadelphia neighborhood on Monday, family and friends gathered on the stoop in front of her home and remembered Anderson as a mother of three who enjoyed karaoke, cooking and fashion. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "'This was murder': Family of Philadelphia woman killed by police during alleged shoplifting spree at Deptford strip mall demands probe," 11 June 2018 Police department Twitter accounts aren't just for crime alerts and cats — Shelby Township police are using it for karaoke, too. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Shelby Township police start cop car karaoke challenge," 8 May 2018 The restaurant with Chinese takeout, hot pot and Korean barbecue also has private rooms for karaoke. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: New Amazon delivery service, the coolest internship this summer and what happened when Giannis tried to get tacos," 25 Apr. 2018 The event will include, among other things, sonnet karaoke, puppet theater and a cookie decorating station. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Shakespeare takes the cake (or cookies) as Old Globe celebrates Bard's birthday Saturday," 20 Apr. 2018 On Saturday night the model hit the town with a few equally glamorous friends to celebrate her twenty-third birthday with a bit of karaoke and a whole lot of balloons. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Bella Hadid Threw Kendall Jenner a 23rd Birthday Bash—and It Looked Amazing," 4 Nov. 2018 In the past month, dozens of police departments have answered the Lone Star State, creating a kind of cop-pool karaoke that includes officers in Kentucky, California and, unforgettably, Norfolk, Virginia. Tony Dokoupil, CBS News, "Lip-sync videos of singing cops become social media sensation," 12 July 2018 One who, after a few drinks, might be tempted to enter the many karaoke bars; who picks eclectic over established any day. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Guide to Duxton Hill, Singapore’s Most Charming Day-to-Night Neighborhood," 29 Jan. 2019

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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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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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