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 The drinks are cheap, but the entertainment isn’t. Sundays and Mondays are karaoke with drag diva Tanya Hyde. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Here are 6 places to see great drag in Houston," 22 Jan. 2020 Rita Barbara Martinez was driving home after a night of singing karaoke with friends when another car ran a red light and collided into hers, killing her instantly. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: Man accused of drunken driving found guilty of killing San Antonio woman in car crash," 20 Nov. 2019 The Amazon devices suit different functions: the Echo Show is great for helping you with recipes in the kitchen or for karaoke with your friends, while the Echo Spot is a smart alarm clock that works well in a bedroom. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Should I Buy a Google Home or Amazon Echo?," 12 Sep. 2019 Barleymash kicks off Labor Day weekend with its Wear White Party featuring karaoke at 9 p.m. Sunday downstairs at Ginger’s. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: 2019 guide to Labor Day weekend food and drink deals in San Diego County," 29 Aug. 2019 Most recently, Cameron and Hadid went bowling and enjoyed karaoke with friends at Frames Bowling Lounge in New York City. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Hannah Brown Urges Fans Not to Tear Down Other Women After Tyler Cameron's Dates with Gigi Hadid," 8 Aug. 2019 The entertainment schedule includes DJs, comedy, live music, karaoke and trivia — no wonder televisions aren’t needed. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, "A guide to the best bars without TVs in the D.C. area," 7 Jan. 2020 American automaker Fisker provided more details on the price of its upcoming Ocean electric SUV, and unveiled new features such as a karaoke mode. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Fisker's Ocean electric SUV will sell for $37,499, include Karaoke mode," 5 Jan. 2020 Billie had a chance to show off her love for JB once again during James Corden's carpool karaoke. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish Perfectly Performed the Rap From Justin Bieber's “Baby” and I’m Going to Need a Full Length Version," 20 Dec. 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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The first known use of karaoke was in 1977

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16 Feb 2020

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“Karaoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karaoke. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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