Singing without a live orchestra or band. Originally meaning "without orchestra," it is a combination of Japanese "kara" meaning "empty/bare-handed" as in "karate", and the "okee" sound from the first syllable of "orchestra" as pronounced by Japanese.
The guy who thought up karaoke created a bar owner's dream, because as patrons provide their own entertainment by singing along with a machine, management saves a fortune by not hiring talented musicians.
by Joe Rodolico February 09, 2007
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A kind of backwards talent contest where the aim is to sing to sing other peoples songs as badly as possible.
The true losers in karaoke are the people who try hardest.
eg. I hope this entry is not reviewed by a karaoke enthusiast.
by Jarvis1000 August 16, 2005
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Something you may find yourself doing when you want to be embarrassing
β€œLet’s go to a karaoke bar and be totally embarrassing to Tiffany!”
by Jo42069 November 19, 2018
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A Japanese word commonly mispronounced by Americans. See karate
Karaoke is pronounced Karah-Okay, not Cary-Okey.
by Ookpick GooseFrubba August 19, 2005
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The party really started when all the old filipino ladies started singing "Top of the World" on karaoke.
by s.a.m. August 20, 2005
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