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What does “Karaoke” mean?

Karaoke is a Japanese word, even though the origin of the word is not known by many Japanese people.

It is a compound noun generated with “kara” which means empty and “oke” from “orchestra”.

So, the music is played by an orchestra, but the seat for a vocalist is empty. (So,take it!)

Since the part “oke” is taken from a foreign word (for Japanese), the word “karaoke” is written in Katakana. → カラオケ

 

By the way, “kara(empty) ” is also in the word “Karate” and means empty hand.

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