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.
Origin and Etymology of karaoke
Japanese, from kara empty + ōke, short for ōkesutora orchestra
First Known Use: 1977
KARAOKE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of karaoke for English Language Learners
: a form of entertainment in which a device plays the music of popular songs and people sing the words to the songs they choose
KARAOKE Defined for Kids
Definition of karaoke for Students
: a form of entertainment in which a device plays music to which a person sings along
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