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[kar-ee-oh-kee] /ˌkær iˈoʊ ki/
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for karaoke
  • 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.
  • Others who have free use of their father's credit cards have been known to rent a karaoke bar for a private party.
  • Sitting under the blossoms with a group of friends, people tend to get pretty drunk and start singing karaoke.
  • The report was written by someone who has never set foot in a karaoke bar.
  • All the evidence in the room pointed to imminent karaoke.
  • Watching her beam is a lot more fun than sitting through the film's bad karaoke episode.
  • The karaoke memorial is a low-key, almost perfunctory affair whose dominant mood is a sad sense of shared community.
British Dictionary definitions for karaoke


  1. an entertainment of Japanese origin in which people take it in turns to sing well-known songs over a prerecorded backing tape
  2. (as modifier): a karaoke bar
Word Origin
from Japanese, from kara empty + ōkesutora orchestra
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Word Origin and History for karaoke

1979, Japanese, from kara "empty" + oke "orchestra," shortened form of okesutora, which is a Japanization of English orchestra.

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