Definition of nickelodeon in English:


Line breaks: nick¦el|odeon
Pronunciation: /ˌnɪkəˈləʊdɪən


North American
  • 1 informal , • dated A jukebox, originally one operated by the insertion of a nickel coin.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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