- 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.
- to attend or frequent cabarets.
Origin of cabaret
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Examples from the Web for cabaret
Then we were dropping in on some cabaret in Denver, or perhaps it was a restaurant in Nevada.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Like Fosse did with Cabaret, Marshall excised two major characters: the Narrator and the Mysterious Man.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
Later, at the Rose.Rabbit.Lie club, Amber spontaneously sing “Proud Mary” with a cabaret singer.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending
September 13, 2014
Blacklace also hosts nights for Killing Kittens, a sex club of sorts with cabaret acts held at venues around the U.K.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene
August 12, 2014
Alan Cumming shimmered darkly and brilliantly as the emcee in the Cabaret performance.
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
It is a narrow lane, and there is a cabaret at each corner of it.Under Wellington's Command
G. A. Henty
You had better leave your horse at some cabaret on this side of the town, and go in on foot.
A peasant, with a horse and cart, was standing in front of a 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 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.