laugh track


Definition of laugh track

: recorded laughter that accompanies dialogue or action (as of a television program)

Examples of laugh track in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everyone’s costumes are altered, there’s a laugh track (?!), and Donald Duck is voiced by Don Cheadle! Savannah Salazar, Vulture, 17 Mar. 2021 Often lumped in with lesser CBS sitcoms that are heavy on the laugh track, this Chuck Lorre creation developed into a smart comedy that’s also about trauma and addiction. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 4 Mar. 2021 The incessant laugh track, for one thing, is a throwback to the general mediocrity of so many network comedies of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, and is a means of strong-arming giggles out of its more vulnerable and sentimental viewers. John Anderson, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2021 Best of all is that the usual canned laugh track is replaced with the actual laughter of the Muppet crew. Donald Liebenson, Vulture, 19 Feb. 2021 The dialogue is over the top; the laugh track—and, in the first episode, a live studio audience—is intrusive. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 16 Jan. 2021 Enter virtual audiences and the return of the laugh track. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 22 Oct. 2020 Gutman wasn't sure at first about the producers' decision to add an applause and laugh track to the broadcast. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, 21 Oct. 2020 Kimmel's unique opener was made even more surreal by the production intercutting the host with footage of audiences from past Emmy telecasts to provide the comedian with a quasi-ironic laugh track. James Hibberd,, 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of laugh track

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of laugh track was in 1952

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25 Apr 2021

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“Laugh track.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of laugh track

: recorded laughter that is heard during a television or radio program


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