Definition of cabaret in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkabəˈrā/
Pronunciation: /ˈkabəˌrā/


1Entertainment held in a nightclub or restaurant while the audience eats or drinks at tables: she was seen recently in cabaret [as modifier]: a cabaret act
More example sentences
  • The audience is invited to be part of the Cabaret with special on stage seating at cabaret tables.
  • Comedy and cabaret also attract large audiences and appear to have a large talent pool.
  • The humour which made him a firm favourite with lounge and cabaret audiences never deserted him throughout his illness.
1.1A nightclub or restaurant where entertainment is performed.
Example sentences
  • Now it offers a plethora of bars, restaurants, cabarets, clubs and sports grounds.
  • After all, what does a mall consist of other than restaurants, discos, cabarets?
  • The law which came into force on June 24 is seeing owners of not just cabarets but also lounge bars, restaurants and discotheques struggling to meet stringent licensing conditions.


Mid 17th century (denoting a French inn): from Old French, literally 'wooden structure', via Middle Dutch from Old Picard camberet 'little room'. Current senses date from the early 20th century.

  • Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary, ‘In most cabaretts in France they have writ upon the walls “Dieu te regarde” [‘God is watching you’], as a good lesson to be in every man's mind’. He was referring to French inns, which is what the word cabaret meant in the 17th century. The modern sense of an entertainment in a nightclub dates from before the First World War. Cabaret is from the Old French for ‘shed’.

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Syllabification: cab·a·ret

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