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From Japanese カラオケ (karaoke), from (から, kara, empty) + オケ (oke, orchestra), abbreviation of オーケストラ (ōkesutora), from English orchestra.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkæ.ɹiˌəʊ.ki/, /ˈkæ.ɹəˌəʊ.ki/ (anglicized)
  • (US) enPR: kâ'rē-ōʹkē, IPA(key): /ˌkæ.ɹiˈoʊ.ki/
  • (emulating Japanese) enPR: kä-rä-ō'kā, IPA(key): /kɑːrɑːˌokeɪ/

Usage notesEdit

Pronounced both emulating Japanese (pure [ɑː] vowels, terminal [e̞], approximated by [ɛ] or [eɪ], “eh”), and, more commonly, in anglicized form ([æ] diphthong, terminal [iː], “ee”). Compare pronunciation of end of karate, which has undergone the same sound change, and of bokeh, which has not, as reflected in the spelling.


karaoke (countable and uncountable, plural karaokes)

  1. (uncountable) A form of entertainment popular in clubs, at parties, etc, in which individual members of the public sing along to pre-recorded instrumental versions of popular songs, the lyrics of which are displayed for the singer on a screen in time with the music.
    • 1993 March, Michael J. Wagner; Brick, John S., “Using Karaoke in the Classroom”, Music Educators Journal, volume 79, number 7, ISSN 0027-4321, JSTOR 3398617, page 44: 
      The karaoke has been well received by those who frequent the oriental cabaret scene and adopt its particular social behaviors such as conversation, companionship, being seen, and showing off.
    • 2006 February 24, Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher season 7 episode 2:
      American Idol will always have a place in my heart. It's where I met Clay. And what could be more exciting than televised karaoke?
    • 2008 December 9, Brian Raftery, Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life, Cambridge: Da Capo Press, ISBN 9780306815836, LCCN 2008034271, OCLC 191926214, OL 17073509M, page 1:
      I was always split on Henley. Then I found out that he doesn’t want people to sing his songs at karaoke. In fact, Henley actually forbids karaoke companies from rerecording songs in his catalog.
  2. (countable) A karaoke session.

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karaoko (karaoke) +‎ -e



  1. in a karaoke manner
    kanti karaoke
    to sing karaoke
    • 2004 July 9, Tani Hiroyuki, “Re: Asia esperanto”, soc.culture.esperanto, Usenet:
      Se vi ŝatas kanti karaoke, vi estas karaokulo.
      If you like to sing karaoke, you are a ‘karaoke-er’.
    • 2005 May, Riitta Hämäläinen, “KEF post kvin jaroj refoje en Finnlando”, Esperanto en Danio, volume 12, number 2, Dana Esperanto-Asocio, ISSN 0909-6124: 
      “La plej amuza programero estos verŝajne esperanta karaokeo kun la efektiva bando mem – se nur iu kuraĝos karaoke kanti “Ĉu vi pretas” kun Dolchamar”, ridetas Riitta.
      “The most fun event will be, it seems, Esperanto karaoke with the actual band itself – if only someone will have the courage to sing karaoke “Ĉu vi pretas?” with Dolchamar”, smiles Riitta.

Related termsEdit




  1. rōmaji reading of カラオケ



  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ka.ɾa.ˈɔ.kɨ/
  • Hyphenation: ka‧ra‧o‧ke


karaoke m (plural karaokes)

  1. Alternative form of karaokê


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Wikipedia es


From English karaoke, from Japanese カラオケ (karaoke).



karaoke m (uncountable)

  1. karaoke
  2. karaoke machine
  3. karaoke bar
  4. (slang, Chile) felación