karaoke

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

Definition of karaoke

  1. :  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

  1. 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

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KARAOKE Defined for English Language Learners

karaoke

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

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

karaoke

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noun kar·a·o·ke \ˌker-ē-ˈō-kē, kə-ˈrō-kē\

Definition of karaoke for Students

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



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