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beatlemania

noun

a high level of interest in the rock-and-roll band, the Beatles, which came to popularity in the 1960s

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Beatlemania

n.

1963; see Beatles + mania.

The social phenomenon of Beatlemania, which finds expression in handbags, balloons and other articles bearing the likeness of the loved ones, or in the hysterical screaming of young girls whenever the Beatle Quartet performs in public. ["London Times," Dec. 27, 1963]

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