Karaoke definition

kârē-ōkē
The performance of such music.
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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.
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(uncountable) A form of entertainment popular in clubs, at parties, etc, in which individual members of the public sing along to pre-recorded instrumental versions of popular songs, the lyrics of which are displayed for the singer on a screen in time with the music.
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A music entertainment system providing prerecorded accompaniment to popular songs that a performer sings live, usually by following the words on a video screen.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
karaoke
Plural:
karaokes

Origin of karaoke

  • Japanese karaoke kara void, empty alteration of ōke(sutora) orchestra (from English orchestra)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Japanese カラオケ (karaoke), from (から, kara, “empty”) + オケ (oke, “orchestra”), abbreviation of オーケストラ (ōkesutora), from English orchestra.

    From Wiktionary