Definition of cabaret in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘A selection of acts from the leading lights of London's new alternative cabaret scene.’
    • ‘At its best, cabaret has always drawn its emotional pull from the shadowy side of the human psyche.’
    • ‘The audience is invited to be part of the Cabaret with special on stage seating at cabaret tables.’
    • ‘The colourful opening was followed a comedy sketch, and a very enjoyable evening of cabaret and dancing.’
    • ‘As cabaret entertainer the answer will be, and need be, no.’
    • ‘However, their over-the-top rock cabaret works because the audience are hysterically complicit.’
    • ‘The event will include a champagne reception, a four-course dinner, two cabaret acts and two live bands.’
    • ‘The pliers are part of his cabaret act, because he has become a celebrity.’
    • ‘However, after exciting and esoteric art cabaret nights, they made steps to expand their remit and take on a more professional outlook.’
    • ‘The humour which made him a firm favourite with lounge and cabaret audiences never deserted him throughout his illness.’
    • ‘A main event tent and three or four other music, cabaret and dance venues.’
    • ‘At night the entertainment really gets into full swing with quizzes, prize bingo, discos, cabaret acts and shows.’
    • ‘They have devised a spectacular show of cabaret, music, dance and song.’
    • ‘A friend in the trade has donated a carpet for the clubhouse and cabaret acts from Manchester have promised to appear.’
    • ‘This New York cabaret show is the alternative offering of the year.’
    • ‘Comedy and cabaret also attract large audiences and appear to have a large talent pool.’
    • ‘The entertainment packed evening will also feature a top class cabaret show.’
    • ‘In the intimate, sleazy surroundings she begins her evening cabaret act, and between the songs she pours out her life story.’
    • ‘With all that going on, there's a well of stories and experiences for them to draw upon in this cabaret work.’
    • ‘To all who contributed to our bucket collection and supported the table quiz and cabaret a big thank you.’
    entertainment, show, floor show, performance
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    1. 1.1 A nightclub or restaurant where entertainment is performed.
      • ‘Their songs were born to dwell in long-lost cabarets and quaint bars that fall just short of seediness.’
      • ‘Now it offers a plethora of bars, restaurants, cabarets, clubs and sports grounds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After all, what does a mall consist of other than restaurants, discos, cabarets?’
      • ‘In the film's madhouse passages, the grim mise en scene contrasts starkly with the warm glow of nightclubs and cabarets.’
      • ‘Male prostitution became better organized and there were tetki cabarets, restaurants, and bars as well as bathhouses catering to tetki.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘It was pretty common in Paris then to have places of sexual promise for men - salons, cabarets and so on,’ he says.’
      • ‘He's a regular at cabarets, comedy clubs and impromptu band openings.’
      • ‘These days things are a lot better if only because there are several zoos and a choice of transvestite cabarets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are all fugitives and people who were expelled, who lived and formed opposition groups in cabarets and nightclubs.’
      • ‘Over 30 years later, the bittersweet words still resound in the cabarets of Europe and America.’
      • ‘He is promptly thrown into the seamy world of Montreal's nightlife - its clubs, its cabarets, its women of easy virtue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I go to cabarets and get a beer and set up my camera, and I'm working.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.