an act of singing along to a music video, especially one from which the original vocals have been electronically eliminated.

1985–1990; < Japanese, = kara empty + oke orchestra

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karaoke (ˌkɑːrəˈəʊkɪ)
a.  an entertainment of Japanese origin in which people take it in turns to sing well-known songs over a prerecorded backing tape
 b.  (as modifier): a karaoke bar
[from Japanese, from kara empty + ōkesutora orchestra]

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1979, from Japanese, from kara "empty" + oke "orchestra," shortened form of okesutora, a Japanization of Eng. orchestra.
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Example sentences
Higher-end karaoke is often packaged with liquor service.
In between, there is a lot of entertaining of regulators in karaoke bars.
Karaoke may be brutal on sober ears, but until recently it has had one
  fortunate characteristic: performances were ephemeral.
Fear of public singing in karaoke bars may soon be a thing of the past with a
  new device that can instantly create perfect pitch.
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