Definition of nickelodeon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnɪkəˈləʊdɪən/


North American
1 informal, dated A jukebox, originally one operated by the insertion of a nickel coin.
Example sentences
  • She devotes loving attention to her orchestra, and especially to the coin-operated nickelodeon, the earliest version of a juke box.
  • An equivalent system is the punched-hole stack of connected cards used in a pianola, or the rotating slotted-metal disk in a nickelodeon, where the music is being played in response to the arrangement of the holes.
  • This sounds like I'm describing the days of crystal-set radios and hand-cranked nickelodeons, I know.
2 historical A cinema with an admission fee of one nickel.
Example sentences
  • Another sound in the nickelodeons was the murmur of immigrant voices translating aloud the titles into the languages of Europe.
  • Before long, thousands of nickelodeons popped up in cities across the country, ushering in a new era of the motion picture as profit-making industry, entertainment for the masses and pop culture juggernaut.
  • In working class neighborhoods, children and teenagers flocked to the cheap storefront movie theaters, called nickelodeons, where even at night only a minority of the audience were adults.


Early 20th century: from nickel + a shortened form of melodeon.

Words that rhyme with nickelodeon

Cambodian, collodion, custodian, melodeon, Odeon

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