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laugh track

n.
Recorded laughter added to a soundtrack, as of a television or radio show.

laugh′ track`


n.
prerecorded laughter added to a recorded radio or television program to feign or enhance audience response.
[1960–65]
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Noun1.laugh track - prerecorded laughter added to the soundtrack of a radio or television show
soundtrack - sound recording on a narrow strip of a motion picture film
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