Origin of karaokefrom Japanese kara, empty + oke, ultimately from eastern; English orchestra
- A music entertainment system providing prerecorded accompaniment to popular songs that a performer sings live, usually by following the words on a video screen.
- The performance of such music.
Origin of karaokeJapanese karaoke kara void, empty alteration of ōke(sutora) orchestra ( from English orchestra )
Pronounced both emulating Japanese (pure [ɑː] vowels, terminal [e̞], approximated by [ɛ] or [eɪ], “eh”), and, more commonly, in anglicized form ([æ] diphthong, terminal [iː], “ee”). Compare pronunciation of end of karate, which has undergone the same sound change, and of bokeh, which has not, as reflected in the spelling.
(countable and uncountable, plural karaokes)