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karaoke

[kar-ee-oh-kee] /ˌkær iˈoʊ ki/
noun
1.
an act of singing along to a music video, especially one from which the original vocals have been electronically eliminated.
Origin of karaoke
1985-1990
1985-1990; < Japanese, = kara empty + oke orchestra
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karaoke

/ˌkɑːrəˈəʊkɪ/
noun
1.
  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
n.

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

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