Definition of cabaret noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkæbəreɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkæbəˈreɪ//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] entertainment with singing and dancing that is performed in restaurants or clubs in the evenings a cabaret act/singer/band He made his name on the cabaret circuit.
  2. 2[countable] a restaurant or club where cabaret entertainment is performed the theatres, restaurants and cabarets of London’s West End
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (denoting a French inn): from Old French, literally ‘wooden structure’, via Middle Dutch from Old Picard (a dialect of French spoken in Picardy) camberet ‘little room’. Current senses date from the early 20th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cabaret