from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A music entertainment system providing prerecorded accompaniment to popular songs that a performer sings live, usually by following the words on a video screen.
- n. The performance of such music.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. singing popular songs accompanied by a recording of an orchestra (usually in bars or nightclubs)
Japanese : kara, void, empty + oke(sutora), orchestra (from English orchestra).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese カラオケ (karaoke), from 空 (から, kara, "empty") + オケ (oke, "orchestra"), abbreviation of オーケストラ (ōkesutora), from English orchestra. (Wiktionary)