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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The bar also hosts karaoke and trivia nights on weekdays. Bobby Shipman, The Courier-Journal, "Happy LGBTQ Pride Month! Check out these great gay bars in Louisville," 6 June 2018 The two live in the Temescal neighborhood in North Oakland and share interests — notably cooking, karaoke and traveling. San Francisco Chronicle, "Rakhi Patel & Heren Patel,," 2 June 2018 One of five Maryland casinos, the two-level Horseshoe features slots, table games and 14Forty lounge, which showcases live music, karaoke and other entertainment. Julekha Dash, USA TODAY, "Inside Giada De Laurentiis' new Baltimore restaurant," 25 May 2018 Pop in on a Tuesday for open-mic karaoke and a host of drink specials. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "Neighborhood guide: What to eat, drink and do in Bronzeville," 3 Apr. 2018 That doesn’t mean that Matthews hasn’t been to a karaoke bar before. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Dave Matthews Won't Ever Sing Karaoke — and Ryan Gosling Has Something to Do with It," 22 June 2018 And, while there's plenty of entertainment there as well — from a photo booth to karaoke and an open mic night — the youth area is about more than just being entertained. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee PrideFest provides entertainment and affirmation for kids of all ages," 4 June 2018 Belt out tunes at karaoke Nothing tightens a friendship like screaming your favorite empowerment tunes at the top of your lungs. Julia Naftulin, Health.com, "The Best Galentine’s Day Dates to Celebrate Your Girls," 7 Feb. 2018 From here, the two women mosey around—indulging a superfan, fending off paparazzi, driving to and fro, doing karaoke, and ending up at Heather’s house. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "“Unsane” and “Gemini”," 21 Aug. 2017

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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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