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

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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Tencent Music operates several popular apps including QQ Music and an online karaoke platform. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Tencent Music Rises in Trading Debut," 12 Dec. 2018 Lili posted about the BuzzFeed quiz in question on her Instagram Story, screenshotting it next to a story about ridiculous plotlines that featured a pic of her as Betty Cooper on Riverdale, doing the striptease/karaoke in season two. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Took a BuzzFeed Quiz to Find Out If She Should Be With Cole or Dylan Sprouse," 11 Dec. 2018 Along with the centralized bar and restaurant, DHA has commandeered several karaoke rooms. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Be A Hacker? Go to Dallas.," 4 Dec. 2018 After the house party, Kendall and friends reportedly ventured back out into the city for some late night/early morning karaoke at the Sing Sing Karaoke bar. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner Celebrated Her Birthday by Riding a Bike Around NYC in a Grinch-Green Fur Coat," 4 Nov. 2018 Nude Recreation Week will be casual this year, with regular activities planned including karaoke on Friday and a DJ-dance night on Saturday, both starting at 8:30 p.m. Nude Recreation Week When: July 8-15. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Sun's out, buns out: Nude Recreation Week, International Skinny Dip Day returns," 5 July 2018 There are weekly drag shows, karaoke, happy hours, in-demand DJs and, of course, gogo dancers. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "The LGBT bars in Houston you need to know," 19 June 2018 Tencent Music operates several popular apps, including QQ Music and an online karaoke platform. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Tencent Music Moves Forward With IPO After Delay," 3 Dec. 2018 While some TikTok users have used it to stage their own karaoke sessions, taking on the duet with other TikTok Overwatch aficionados, others have abused the tool to make fun of the people who are participating in the meme. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Reaction to TikTok’s Overwatch meme misses the original video’s intention," 2 Nov. 2018

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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, 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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