Definition of karaoke in English:



  • [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’
    • ‘On this night a half dozen members get together to eat dinner and sing karaoke at his home.’
    • ‘No one was there, so he took us around the corner to this karaoke bar and got us wasted.’
    • ‘Every karaoke bar is filled with people who want to sing this - but shouldn't.’
    • ‘We went upstairs for fish and chips and they made us sing songs for the karaoke.’
    • ‘The ditties were belted out by participants in the town's attempt to set a world record for karaoke singing.’
    • ‘Just because you can sing a karaoke song really well doesn't mean you should be famous.’
    • ‘She is a full-time mum and housewife who enjoys singing at her local karaoke.’
    • ‘MEN are more romantic than women when it comes to singing love songs on karaoke nights.’
    • ‘The function room is being redecorated, with new equipment for karaoke and live entertainment.’
    • ‘He was a Bolton Wanderers fan and enjoyed going to the pub to perform karaoke songs.’
    • ‘After a few drinks we mounted a quest to try and find the local karaoke bar.’
    • ‘That's because people are singing it in karaoke bars and things like that.’
    • ‘I sang some new karaoke songs without anyone pressing the cancel button and we drank more.’
    • ‘Either way, Mike finds himself sorely missing their late night dancing and karaoke sessions.’
    • ‘After the cabaret had performed, the rest of the evening was spent with karaoke singing.’
    • ‘However, up until very recently, your average karaoke bar was a frightfully seedy affair.’
    • ‘A karaoke night was organised but there were a few technical difficulties on the night.’
    • ‘Venues are shutting down, while pubs and bars are more interested in staging karaoke nights.’
    • ‘Here and there, others also report the opening of small restaurants and karaoke bars.’
    • ‘Dunbar was still working in pubs and clubs, singing and hosting karaoke nights.’


1970s: from Japanese, literally empty orchestra.