What does the word "karaoke" literally mean?

"singing way"
"one man standing"
"musical spirit"
"empty orchestra"
In Japan, it has long been common to provide musical en­ter­tain­ment at a dinner or a party. In 1971, Daisoki Inoue, a Japanese drummer mu­si­cian, made a tape recorder-­like machine that played songs for a 100-yen coin each - and leased them out so that the stores did not have to buy new songs on their own. Soon, new busi­ness­es called karaoke boxes, with com­part­ment­ed rooms, became popular.

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"singing way"
"one man standing"
"musical spirit"
"empty orchestra"
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flagFinland
9%
0%
0%
90%
11
flagSpain
19%
9%
0%
71%
21
flagUkraine
18%
9%
9%
63%
11
flagItaly
24%
4%
12%
60%
25
flagthe Netherlands
10%
23%
4%
59%
47
flagGermany
20%
18%
5%
56%
114
flagFrance
13%
16%
8%
55%
36
flagUnknown
21%
9%
15%
54%
33
flagCanada
22%
13%
9%
54%
22
flagthe United Kingdom
22%
17%
7%
51%
223
flagPoland
23%
15%
10%
49%
8389
flagRepublic of Ireland
20%
17%
13%
48%
29
flagthe United States
21%
15%
14%
47%
214
flagIndia
32%
2%
17%
47%
34
flagNorway
21%
18%
18%
42%
33
flagAustralia
0%
45%
27%
27%
11
flagSweden
33%
25%
16%
25%
12

Gender

men43%
women42%
"singing way"
23%
23%
"one man standing"
18%
22%
"musical spirit"
13%
11%
"empty orchestra"
43%
43%

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