Definition of cabaret in English:



mass noun
  • 1Entertainment held in a nightclub or restaurant while the audience eat or drink at tables.

    ‘she was seen recently in cabaret’
    as modifier ‘a cabaret act’
    count noun ‘the cabaret drew to a close’
    • ‘At night the entertainment really gets into full swing with quizzes, prize bingo, discos, cabaret acts and shows.’
    • ‘This New York cabaret show is the alternative offering of the year.’
    • ‘In the intimate, sleazy surroundings she begins her evening cabaret act, and between the songs she pours out her life story.’
    • ‘However, after exciting and esoteric art cabaret nights, they made steps to expand their remit and take on a more professional outlook.’
    • ‘The pliers are part of his cabaret act, because he has become a celebrity.’
    • ‘A main event tent and three or four other music, cabaret and dance venues.’
    • ‘The colourful opening was followed a comedy sketch, and a very enjoyable evening of cabaret and dancing.’
    • ‘The audience is invited to be part of the Cabaret with special on stage seating at cabaret tables.’
    • ‘The entertainment packed evening will also feature a top class cabaret show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A selection of acts from the leading lights of London's new alternative cabaret scene.’
    • ‘With all that going on, there's a well of stories and experiences for them to draw upon in this cabaret work.’
    • ‘A friend in the trade has donated a carpet for the clubhouse and cabaret acts from Manchester have promised to appear.’
    • ‘As cabaret entertainer the answer will be, and need be, no.’
    • ‘The event will include a champagne reception, a four-course dinner, two cabaret acts and two live bands.’
    • ‘They have devised a spectacular show of cabaret, music, dance and song.’
    • ‘At its best, cabaret has always drawn its emotional pull from the shadowy side of the human psyche.’
    • ‘To all who contributed to our bucket collection and supported the table quiz and cabaret a big thank you.’
    • ‘However, their over-the-top rock cabaret works because the audience are hysterically complicit.’
    entertainment, show, floor show, performance
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    1. 1.1count noun A nightclub or restaurant where cabaret is performed.
      ‘the dance halls and cabarets of Montmartre’
      • ‘The exaltation of female desire and sin and of the nightlife of clubs and cabarets clearly symbolized Mexico's new (post-World War II) cosmopolitanism and the first waves of developmentalism.’
      • ‘Their songs were born to dwell in long-lost cabarets and quaint bars that fall just short of seediness.’
      • ‘After all, what does a mall consist of other than restaurants, discos, cabarets?’
      • ‘Even the most tolerant travel writers hate most hotel cabarets, perhaps for no other reason than that they never like to be mistaken for tourists.’
      • ‘These days things are a lot better if only because there are several zoos and a choice of transvestite cabarets.’
      • ‘They are all fugitives and people who were expelled, who lived and formed opposition groups in cabarets and nightclubs.’
      • ‘I am really looking forward to exploring the parks, seeing the museums, checking out the cabarets and laying back at a few of the many sidewalk cafes in what people have told me is one of the nicest months in Germany.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Over 30 years later, the bittersweet words still resound in the cabarets of Europe and America.’
      • ‘I followed his advice to restrain my purchases, but instead we looked for cabarets and bars in order to cheer our spirits since we were feeling down about being away from Japan.’
      • ‘I go to cabarets and get a beer and set up my camera, and I'm working.’
      • ‘In the past two years, half a dozen high-end cabarets opened in renovated warehouses amid car repair shops in a long decrepit industrial area on the West Side of Manhattan, from Chelsea to Midtown near the Hudson River.’
      • ‘In many regions rural populations also became less dependent on the moral and material support of the clergy, especially as clubs, cafés, and cabarets replaced the church as centres of sociability and entertainment.’
      • ‘‘It was pretty common in Paris then to have places of sexual promise for men - salons, cabarets and so on,’ he says.’
      • ‘On Sundays and Mondays, some workers may have skipped the fair to go to the cabarets or taverns in the suburbs (where wine and food were cheaper), though the extent of this custom should not be exaggerated.’
      • ‘In the film's madhouse passages, the grim mise en scene contrasts starkly with the warm glow of nightclubs and cabarets.’
      • ‘He's a regular at cabarets, comedy clubs and impromptu band openings.’
      • ‘Now it offers a plethora of bars, restaurants, cabarets, clubs and sports grounds.’
      • ‘Male prostitution became better organized and there were tetki cabarets, restaurants, and bars as well as bathhouses catering to tetki.’
      • ‘He is promptly thrown into the seamy world of Montreal's nightlife - its clubs, its cabarets, its women of easy virtue.’
      nightclub, club, boîte, supper club
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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.