an act of singing along to a music video, especially one from which the original vocals have been electronically eliminated.

Origin of karaoke

1985–1990; < Japanese, equivalent to kara empty + oke orchestra
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  1. an entertainment of Japanese origin in which people take it in turns to sing well-known songs over a prerecorded backing tape
  2. (as modifier)a karaoke bar

Word Origin for karaoke

from Japanese, from kara empty + ōkesutora orchestra
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Word Origin and History for karaoke

1979, Japanese, from kara "empty" + oke "orchestra," shortened form of okesutora, which is a Japanization of English orchestra.

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