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.

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There is also Porch-aoke (think karaoke on a porch) for wanna-be American Idols to belt out a tune with a live band. Kathy Shiels Tully, BostonGlobe.com, "Find your groove along the streets of Somerville during Porchfest," 4 May 2018 Festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day and include mariachi bands, performance groups, karaoke, food, a raffle, and kids activities. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Cinco de Mayo festival set in Carpentersville," 27 Apr. 2018 Entry, a cup of welcome punch and unlimited karaoke are all included in the $8 ticket price. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "With Halloween on a Tuesday, here are some weekday party options," 30 Oct. 2017 On the final day of Fall 2019 shows at NYFW, Manilow unexpectedly showed up on the Michael Kors runway to snatch wigs, take names, and sing your Aunt Carol's favorite drunk karaoke song. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here Is Barry Manilow Singing “Copacabana” at New York Fashion Week," 13 Feb. 2019 The crew celebrating Harry's big day had some fun at a karaoke club, where Kiko was spotted singing a tune. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Harry Styles’s Rumored Girlfriend Kiko Mizuhara?," 5 Feb. 2019 That included a Fourth of July party at the U.S. Embassy during which the pair won what: a lip-sync competition, a hot-dog-eating contest, a karaoke tournament or a tennis match against the ambassador? Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Gillibrand Comes Home for 2020 Campaign Kickoff," 21 Jan. 2019 Young Singaporeans flock to its many bars and lounges (and, with enough liquid courage, to one of the many aforementioned karaoke spots). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Guide to Duxton Hill, Singapore’s Most Charming Day-to-Night Neighborhood," 29 Jan. 2019 It's been a minute since Billy Joel and The Clash ruled the radio, but there's no sure-fire way to win at karaoke quite like picking an '80s song. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "​Can You Sing the Right Lyrics to These Classic ‘80s Songs?​," 27 Aug. 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 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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