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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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 Points in karaoke, Twitter, and look-ups are on the rise as well, keeping the song steady at No. 4 on the Japan Hot 100. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Kenshi Yonezu's 'Spirits of the Sea' Rises to No. 1 on Japan Hot 100," 14 June 2019 NoraeBar, a karaoke bar with private singing rooms, is opening at 717 E. Market St. sometime this summer. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Old books? Old fashioned? Make your own candle scent at this Nulu bar," 13 June 2019 Norwegian launched its first ship built especially for China in 2017, armed with shops, gambling machines, Asian restaurants and a karaoke bar. The Economist, "What slumping demand for cruises says about Chinese tourists," 8 June 2019 For nomikai, there’s no better experience than the Golden Gai, a series of six snug Shinjuku alleyways packed with more than 200 Barbie-size bars—four-stool watering holes, including maybe the world’s smallest karaoke bar. James Whitlow Delano, National Geographic, "Here’s your ultimate Tokyo itinerary," 25 Apr. 2019 Our group took over 11th arrondissement go-to Clown Bar for the evening and wrapped up our night with my favorite group activity: some good, old-fashioned karaoke at Bam Karaoke Box. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "48 Hours Celebrating the New Clash de Cartier Collection in Paris," 10 May 2019 Living stars have also produced holographic versions of themselves, most notably Rob Thomas, who allowed VIP fans to sing karaoke with a virtual version of the Matchbox 20 frontman. Cortney Harding, Billboard, "Hologram Company Behind Dio & Frank Zappa Tours Gets $2M Investment From Thomas Dolan," 16 May 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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