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 Her father, Mark Urquiza, 65, died on June 30 in Arizona after likely contracting the virus at a karaoke bar. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "The holidays offer empty chairs, little solace to the Bay Area’s grieving," 27 Nov. 2020 Clubs and karaoke bars are closed, and restaurants must suspend dine-in services by 9 p.m. Health officials have urged citizens to cancel year-end get-togethers and events. Sarah Toy, WSJ, "Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Hospitalizations Pass 85,000," 24 Nov. 2020 The celebration would begin at 3 p.m. with a car show put together by Willie Ashley of Wildcat Towing, with food trucks and karaoke. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "'OctCOVID Fest,' to the relief of the local health director, is canceled in Central Kentucky," 21 Oct. 2020 On Friday, officials started imposing fines of up to 100,000 won ($90) for people who fail to wear masks in public transport and other venues, including hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, nightclubs, karaoke bars, religious and sports facilities. Fox News, "South Korea begins fining people for not wearing masks," 13 Nov. 2020 After sharpening her vocals as a karaoke singer and backup vocalist in her native Seattle, White finally felt comfortable enough onstage to become lead singer of the Lady A & the Baby Blues Funk Band in the 1990s. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "One name, two musical acts and a story of privilege: How the Lady A controversy captured the state of the music industry in 2020," 11 Nov. 2020 It’s the perfect song for a remote karaoke party with the people who pick you up at your lowest moments. Michella Oré, Glamour, "43 Best Thanksgiving Songs You Never Knew You Needed," 9 Nov. 2020 On Monday, the country relaxed its social-distancing measures to the lowest of three tiers, allowing karaoke bars and buffet restaurants to reopen. Ted Mann And David Hall, WSJ, "Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in U.S. Surpass 8 Million," 16 Oct. 2020 The Geek Easy will have guests singing their hearts out with a very karaoke Halloween party. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Halloween in Orlando: Things to do on the haunted holiday," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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30 Nov 2020

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“Karaoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karaoke. Accessed 4 Dec. 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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