Definition of karaoke in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌkarɪˈəʊki


[mass noun]
  • A form of entertainment, offered typically by bars and clubs, in which people take turns to sing popular songs into a microphone over pre-recorded backing tracks: [as modifier]: a karaoke bar they are holding a karaoke night
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    • I sang some new karaoke songs without anyone pressing the cancel button and we drank more.
    • That's because people are singing it in karaoke bars and things like that.
    • MEN are more romantic than women when it comes to singing love songs on karaoke nights.


1970s: from Japanese, literally 'empty orchestra'.

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