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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One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Daniel does private karaoke with Natasha (Yara Shahidi). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Charles Melton Reveals the First Thing He Noticed About Camila Mendes," 15 May 2019 The Velvet Rope Lounge, a nightclub offering karaoke in Brighton Beach, was ranked as the most consistently raucous venue, according to a report by Localize.city, a website providing local information about New York City. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "New York’s Noisiest Bars Span Brighton Beach to Upper West Side," 25 July 2018 This is not karaoke: People go to concerts to hear the people who sang the songs actually sing the songs. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "BottleRock 2018: Tips on how to rock Napa’s biggest music festival," 24 May 2018 The lineup is open mike from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays; DiCarlo’s own 9-piece Wildwood House Band, from 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays; singer-songwriter night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and karaoke from 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vista's new Wildwood filling niche with music, Creole-inspired cuisine," 25 Apr. 2018 Young entrepreneurs tap away on their laptops in the Living Room, while restaurant patrons come for Southern comfort food and craft cocktails, followed by karaoke and bowling at the six-lane alley. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Bars in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Lobster rolls, beach croquet, a little karaoke in Kennebunkport, and the very non-citygal experience of drifting asleep to the sound of the ocean—what could be better? Katheryn Erickson, Town & Country, "Net-a-Porter Teams Up with Beautified," 2 July 2014 And for a show pegged on such a bleak premise, there were lots of laughs both on and off camera — and karaoke, thanks to the introduction of an all-singing, aura-reading demon named Lorne, played by Andy Hallett, who passed away in 2009. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Angel cast and creators reunite for 20th anniversary of beloved vampire drama series," 20 June 2019 Open talent nights, karaoke, and amazing drag shows every weekend. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Here are 10 of the best LGBTQ-friendly bars in Cincinnati," 14 June 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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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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