open mic


variants or less commonly open mike
: an event in which amateurs may perform (as at a comedy club) usually without auditioning first

Examples of open mic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wilco played a surprise set at an open mic night at a Dallas club. Spin Staff, Spin, 2 Oct. 2023 The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington is behind this different kind of open mic night: Bring sheet music for your favorite Broadway hit, pop tune or standard from the Great American Songbook, and belt it out while accompanied by a pianist. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2023 The nostalgia of rock en español and its early fight for democracy July 14, 2023 Their first show was at an open mic at a church in San Gabriel. Sarah Quiñones Wolfson, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 There will also be an open mic for poetry and prose. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 The winery also hosts events like happy hours, open mic nights, live music performances, farm-to-table dinners, and wine-tasting tours. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 11 Aug. 2023 With free time on her hands, Hagen decided to hit up an open mic and give stand-up a shot. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 17 July 2023 With a few months until sentencing, Wood got on a Greyhound back to Birmingham and showed up at the local comedy club’s open mic night. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, 1 May 2023 Public practice sessions in resonant stairwells and open mic nights at Seattle institutions are the foundation of the Seattle folk-pop band The Head and the Heart. Lauren Ballantyne, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of open mic was in 1978

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“Open mic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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