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[kab-uh-rey for 1–4, 6, 7; kab-uh-ret for 5] /ˌkæb əˈreɪ for 1–4, 6, 7; ˈkæb əˌrɛt for 5/
a restaurant providing food, drink, music, a dance floor, and often a floor show.
a café that serves food and drink and offers entertainment often of an improvisatory, satirical, and topical nature.
a floor show consisting of such entertainment:
The cover charge includes dinner and a cabaret.
a form of theatrical entertainment, consisting mainly of political satire in the form of skits, songs, and improvisations:
an actress whose credits include cabaret, TV, and dinner theater.
a decoratively painted porcelain coffee or tea service with tray, produced especially in the 18th century.
Archaic. a shop selling wines and liquors.
verb (used without object), cabareted
[kab-uh-reyd] /ˌkæb əˈreɪd/ (Show IPA),
[kab-uh-rey-ing] /ˌkæb əˈreɪ ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to attend or frequent cabarets.
Origin of cabaret
1625-35; < French: tap-room, Middle French dial. (Picard or Walloon) < Middle Dutch, denasalized variant of cambret, cameret < Picard camberete small room (cognate with French chambrette; see chamber, -ette)
2. nightclub, supper club, club. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was a tall, hideous house, with a cabaret on the first floor.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • We went from one cabaret to another, laughing at everything.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • It is a narrow lane, and there is a cabaret at each corner of it.

  • You had better leave your horse at some cabaret on this side of the town, and go in on foot.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
  • A peasant, with a horse and cart, was standing in front of a cabaret.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for cabaret


a floor show of dancing, singing, or other light entertainment at a nightclub or restaurant
(mainly US) a nightclub or restaurant providing such entertainment
Word Origin
C17: from Norman French: tavern, probably from Late Latin camera an arched roof, chamber
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Word Origin and History for cabaret

1650s, from French cabaret, originally "tavern" (13c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch cambret, from Old French (Picard dialect) camberete, diminutive of cambre "chamber" (see chamber). The word was "somewhat naturalized" in this sense [OED] It came to mean "a restaurant/night club" in English from 1912; extension of meaning to "entertainment, floor show" is from 1922.

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