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
10%
0%
0%
90%
10
flagUU
13%
9%
4%
72%
22
flagSpain
19%
9%
0%
71%
21
flagUkraine
18%
9%
9%
63%
11
flagthe Netherlands
10%
23%
4%
60%
46
flagGermany
17%
19%
4%
57%
106
flagItaly
23%
4%
14%
57%
21
flagCanada
23%
14%
4%
57%
21
flagFrance
15%
15%
6%
56%
32
flagthe United Kingdom
21%
18%
7%
52%
205
flagPoland
23%
15%
10%
49%
8082
flagthe United States
22%
15%
14%
47%
203
flagRepublic of Ireland
21%
17%
14%
46%
28
flagIndia
34%
3%
18%
43%
32
flagNorway
21%
18%
18%
42%
33
flagSweden
33%
25%
16%
25%
12
flagAustralia
0%
50%
30%
20%
10

Gender

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

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