Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A restaurant or nightclub providing short programs of live entertainment.
  • n. The floor show presented by such a restaurant or nightclub.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Live entertainment held in a restaurant or nightclub.
  • n. The nightclub or restaurant where such entertainment is held.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tavern; a house where liquors are retailed.
  • n. A type of restaurant where liquor and dinner is served, and entertainment is provided, as by musicians, dancers, or comedians, and usually providing space for dancing by the patrons; -- similar to a nightclub. In some cases, the performers dance or sing on the floor between the tables, after the practice of a certain class of French taverns. The term cabaret is often used in the names of such an establishment.
  • n. The type of entertainment provided in a cabaret{2}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tavern; a house where liquors are retailed: as, “some cabaret or tennis-court,” Abp. Bramhall, Against Hobbes.
  • n. A set of vessels forming a service for tea, coffee, or the like; for example, a tray with tea-pot or pitchers and cups, generally made of the same material throughout, as fine porcelain or the like.
  • n. A certain plant. See etymology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink
  • n. a series of acts at a night club

Etymologies

French, tap-room, from Middle Dutch cabret, from Old North French camberette, from Late Latin camera, room; see chamber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, from Middle Dutch cambret, from Old French camberete, diminutive of cambre ("chamber"), from Latin camera, from Ancient Greek καμάρα (kamara, "vaulted chamber"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Dutch are quite keen on what they call cabaret, and the artists known as cabaretiers.

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  • Even more than related musical forms, like jazz, the definition of "cabaret" is constantly changing and eternally subjective, and these two series are at the heart of that debate.

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  • The veteran headliner, who has sung in jazz clubs, theaters, concert halls and, most famously, in eight major Broadway shows, feels that cabaret is primarily a "place" and not necessarily a style.

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  • Fabrizi was known as a comic actor and Magnani had cut her teeth in cabaret; together they give the film tremendous warmth and heart.

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  • She is one of the hardest-swinging jazz vocalists working today, yet Paula West 's career pattern of appearing primarily in cabaret venues like Feinstein' s and the Oak Room underscores that she hardly neglects the lyrics and narrative.

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  • LIANE HANSEN, host: The word cabaret evokes so many images: singers dressed to the nines in elegant nightclubs or dark intimate rooms, cover charges and two-drink minimums.

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  • So anchored in German cabaret music was the Waits-Kronos set that it seemed inevitable that they'd do something by Kurt Weill; Weill and Brecht's "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" was the eventual choice.

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  • Say the word cabaret, and you think straight away of lines of scantily-clad can-can girls kicking their legs in the Moulin Rouge or Folies Bergeres in Paris.

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  • Turning to the stage, she appeared in German cabaret productions and small films.

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  • No snow yet here in Ithaca, where we had fun last night at "cabaret" -- the law school show.

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  • Excerpt from the lyrics to the song "Cabaret" by Fred Ebb from the Musical of the same name.
    No use permitting
    some prophet of doom
    To wipe every smile away.
    Come hear the music play.
    Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
    Come to the Cabaret!

    February 4, 2008