A form of entertainment in which patrons, as in a bar, take turns singing popular songs into a microphone accompanied by prerecorded music played on a special device, with the lyrics displayed on a screen.
A music entertainment system providing prerecorded accompaniment to popular songs that a performer sings live, usually by following the words on a video screen.
Other Word Forms
Origin of karaoke
Japanese karaokekaravoid, emptyalteration ofōke(sutora)orchestra (from English orchestra)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Japaneseカラオケ (karaoke), from 空 (から, kara, “empty”) + オケ (oke, “orchestra”), abbreviation of オーケストラ (ōkesutora), from Englishorchestra.
Karaoke Sentence Examples
I enjoyed the karaoke in the evening even more however.
He politely informed my guests that this was a karaoke show for people to listen to only.
You can even redo karaoke songs you buy that have out-of-sync lyrics.
If you and your friends want to try your hand at the roles of Christine, Raoul, Carlotta, and, of course, the Phantom himself, the good news is that Phantom of the Opera karaoke MP3 clips are relatively easy to find online.
In London I often sing karaoke at the Lewisham community center.