Definitions for karaokeˌkær iˈoʊ ki
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ka•ra•o•keˌkær iˈoʊ ki(n.)
the act of singing along to prerecorded music from a device that combines the voice and music and sometimes displays the words on a screen.
Origin of karaoke:
1975–80; < Japn, =kara empty +oke orchestra
singing popular songs accompanied by a recording of an orchestra (usually in bars or nightclubs)
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
Origin: From カラオケ, from 空 + オケ , abbreviation of オーケストラ, from English orchestra.