open mic

noun
variants: or less commonly open mike

Definition of open mic

: 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 Opening night is free on Thursday with open mic night hosted by Ashima Franklin. Rodney Ho, ajc, 5 May 2022 The event included education on East Towson, prayer, singing, and an open mic for attendees to speak. Tashi Mcqueen, Baltimore Sun, 29 Apr. 2022 During the run-up to that occasion, HFC is kicking off a yearlong series of events beginning on April 15 with A Harlem Jones open mic night at the Museum of the City of New York in tribute to the 25th anniversary of the cult classic film Love Jones. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 13 Apr. 2022 Showing up to an open mic is another great way to play for other people and meet others in your community. Christian Anderson (trust'n), Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2022 For any comic looking to evolve from an open mic newbie to a bona fide monster, a chance to step on stage and crush at the Sunset Boulevard venue is still the brass ring that inspires them to improve their craft. Ali Lerman, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Unlike some frequenters of the open mic scene, Diamond doesn’t dash off right after his set. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Initially, the two built the spine of the album by recording young poets’ performances at a virtual open mic event. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 2 June 2021 Stand-up comedy only began appearing in China in the early 2010s, with amateurs starting open mic nights in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. Meng-yun Wang, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of open mic

1978, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

18 May 2022

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“Open mic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open%20mic. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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