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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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  • The worthy dame of the cabaret gladly took up the dish with her own hands and carried it forth to the wanderer.

  • We went from one cabaret to another, laughing at everything.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • It is intended for Isadore Schwartz, a wicked cousin of his who is a victim of the cabaret habit.

  • Somehow, he expected the cabaret Noir to be a different place.

  • Both had expected a new kind of cabaret show; neither had found the weird performance disappointing.

    The Business of Life Robert W. Chambers
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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