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.
Recent Examples on the Web Zoe also has a birthday celebration that reopens some old wounds and features a delightful karaoke-ing Michael Shannon. Ew Staff, EW.com, 1 Sep. 2021 There was also the support of her parents, who encouraged Maraya-Ramey and her two sisters to play the piano, sing in church and indulge in a little karaoke now and again. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2021 In a terrific early sequence showcasing her delightful voice and impressive fighting chops, Akemi flattens a trio of sleazy locals who make unwanted advances at a karaoke bar. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 30 Aug. 2021 The restaurant and bar with bowling lanes, private karaoke rooms and other games closed March 16. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 The Venue is a restaurant in Koreatown with 13 private karaoke rooms. Ada Tseng, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 But with vaccinations on the rise and case loads declining, karaoke rooms and piano bars have begun a slow reopening. New York Times, 17 June 2021 Other event highlights include a beer garden, silent disco and karaoke. Megan Becka, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2021 Events are held throughout the week, including karaoke every Tuesday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Thursday night football with drink discounts and $4 mimosas every Saturday and Sunday for brunch. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2021

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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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“Karaoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karaoke. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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