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
8%
0%
0%
91%
12
flagJapan
18%
0%
9%
72%
11
flagSouth Korea
27%
0%
0%
72%
11
flagUkraine
10%
10%
10%
68%
19
flagSpain
22%
11%
3%
62%
27
flagItaly
22%
3%
11%
62%
27
flagthe Netherlands
12%
23%
5%
56%
55
flagGermany
20%
17%
6%
54%
129
flagFrance
16%
16%
9%
53%
43
flagthe United Kingdom
21%
16%
8%
52%
290
flagRepublic of Ireland
20%
16%
13%
50%
30
flagCanada
21%
14%
14%
50%
28
flagPoland
24%
15%
11%
48%
11311
flagthe United States
20%
16%
15%
47%
250
flagIndia
30%
8%
16%
44%
36
flagNorway
20%
22%
17%
40%
35
flagUnknown
31%
15%
16%
36%
571
flagBelgium
27%
27%
9%
36%
11
flagSweden
29%
17%
17%
35%
17
flagAustralia
0%
41%
25%
33%
12

Gender

men40%
women42%
"singing way"
26%
24%
"one man standing"
16%
20%
"musical spirit"
16%
13%
"empty orchestra"
40%
42%

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