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[kab-uh-rey for 1–4, 6, 7; kab-uh-ret for 5] /ˌkæb əˈreɪ for 1–4, 6, 7; ˈkæb əˌrɛt for 5/
a restaurant providing food, drink, music, a dance floor, and often a floor show.
a café that serves food and drink and offers entertainment often of an improvisatory, satirical, and topical nature.
a floor show consisting of such entertainment:
The cover charge includes dinner and a cabaret.
a form of theatrical entertainment, consisting mainly of political satire in the form of skits, songs, and improvisations:
an actress whose credits include cabaret, TV, and dinner theater.
a decoratively painted porcelain coffee or tea service with tray, produced especially in the 18th century.
Archaic. a shop selling wines and liquors.
verb (used without object), cabareted
[kab-uh-reyd] /ˌkæb əˈreɪd/ (Show IPA),
[kab-uh-rey-ing] /ˌkæb əˈreɪ ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to attend or frequent cabarets.
Origin of cabaret
1625-35; < French: tap-room, Middle French dial. (Picard or Walloon) < Middle Dutch, denasalized variant of cambret, cameret < Picard camberete small room (cognate with French chambrette; see chamber, -ette)
2. nightclub, supper club, club. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cabaret
  • cabaret is a stunning musical with one wild wrong note.
  • And there's always something fresh and bracing and worth checking out on the theater and cabaret scene.
  • You'd need more algorithms if she were dancing in the wind or the rain or in a smoky cabaret.
  • Half beat poet and half cabaret chanteuse, she had metamorphosed into a testifying prophet of hypnotic power.
  • They had a cabaret stage, and they hired me as the house piano player.
  • Catch a show at the opera, ballet or cabaret and enjoy rich gastronomical gems of the city.
  • Patrons may choose from a simple trip with an emphasis on the food and view or a more elaborate night with a cabaret show.
  • The restaurant interior features marble floors, wood-covered walls, cabaret chairs and chandeliers.
  • When they discovered se was a cabaret singer of unimpressive origin, they dropped the story.
  • At night, he performed satirical cabaret theatre in smoke-filled cafés.
British Dictionary definitions for cabaret


a floor show of dancing, singing, or other light entertainment at a nightclub or restaurant
(mainly US) a nightclub or restaurant providing such entertainment
Word Origin
C17: from Norman French: tavern, probably from Late Latin camera an arched roof, chamber
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Word Origin and History for cabaret

1650s, from French cabaret, originally "tavern" (13c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch cambret, from Old French (Picard dialect) camberete, diminutive of cambre "chamber" (see chamber). The word was "somewhat naturalized" in this sense [OED] It came to mean "a restaurant/night club" in English from 1912; extension of meaning to "entertainment, floor show" is from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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