cabaret

[kab-uh-rey for 1–4, 6, 7; kab-uh-ret for 5]
noun
1.
a restaurant providing food, drink, music, a dance floor, and often a floor show.
2.
a café that serves food and drink and offers entertainment often of an improvisatory, satirical, and topical nature.
3.
a floor show consisting of such entertainment: The cover charge includes dinner and a cabaret.
4.
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.
5.
a decoratively painted porcelain coffee or tea service with tray, produced especially in the 18th century.
6.
Archaic. a shop selling wines and liquors.
verb (used without object), cabareted [kab-uh-reyd] , cabareting [kab-uh-rey-ing] .
7.
to attend or frequent cabarets.

Origin:
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.
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cabaret (ˈkæbəˌreɪ)
 
n
1.  a floor show of dancing, singing, or other light entertainment at a nightclub or restaurant
2.  chiefly (US) a nightclub or restaurant providing such entertainment
 
[C17: from Norman French: tavern, probably from Late Latin camera an arched roof, chamber]

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cabaret
1650s, from Fr. cabaret, lit. "tavern" (13c.), probably from M.Du. cambret, from O.Fr. (Picard dialect) camberete, dim. of cambre "chamber" (see chamber). Came to mean "a restaurant/night club" 1912; extension of meaning to "entertainment, floor show" is 1922.
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Example sentences
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.
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