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.

Answers distribution

"singing way"
"one man standing"
"musical spirit"
"empty orchestra"
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flagFinland
9%
0%
0%
90%
11
flagJapan
20%
0%
0%
80%
10
flagSpain
17%
8%
0%
73%
23
flagSouth Korea
27%
0%
0%
72%
11
flagCzech Republic
10%
10%
10%
70%
10
flagItaly
23%
3%
11%
61%
26
flagUkraine
15%
7%
15%
61%
13
flagthe Netherlands
10%
25%
4%
58%
48
flagGermany
20%
17%
5%
56%
117
flagFrance
13%
16%
8%
55%
36
flagCanada
22%
13%
9%
54%
22
flagthe United Kingdom
22%
17%
7%
52%
226
flagPoland
23%
15%
10%
49%
8701
flagthe United States
21%
15%
14%
48%
225
flagUnknown
19%
17%
14%
48%
41
flagRepublic of Ireland
20%
17%
13%
48%
29
flagIndia
31%
5%
17%
45%
35
flagNorway
20%
20%
17%
41%
34
flagAustralia
0%
45%
27%
27%
11
flagSweden
30%
23%
23%
23%
13

Gender

men44%
women43%
"singing way"
23%
22%
"one man standing"
18%
21%
"musical spirit"
13%
11%
"empty orchestra"
44%
43%

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