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demos

[dee-mos] /ˈdi mɒs/
noun
1.
the common people of an ancient Greek state.
2.
the common people; populace.
3.
Sociology. a people viewed as a political unit.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Greek dêmos district, people; cf. demo-

demo

[dem-oh] /ˈdɛm oʊ/
noun, plural demos.
1.
demonstration (defs 4, 6).
2.
demonstrator (def 5).
3.
a recording of a new song or of one performed by an unknown singer or singing group, distributed to disc jockeys, recording companies, etc., to demonstrate the merits of the song or performer.
4.
demolition (def 1):
He does flooring and demo for a living.
verb (used with object), demoed, demoing.
5.
to try out or exhibit the use of (a product, process, or the like):
You can demo the game without downloading or buying it.
6.
to record (a song) to demonstrate the merits of the song or performer.
Origin
1935-40; by shortening; see -o

Demo

[dem-oh] /ˈdɛm oʊ/
noun, plural Demos. Informal.
1.
a member of the Democratic Party; Democrat.
Origin
1785-95, Americanism
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  • Meanwhile, he kept writing and performing and giving his demos to every record company in town.
  • There's a certain sameness to chefs' live cooking demos.
  • You'll find demos of new innovations, see what the students are up to, or watch a fascinating lecture.
  • The advertising schedule is then matched to the demos of a particular neighborhood.
  • Casual home demos were made later that year, following the completion of the river tour.
British Dictionary definitions for demos

demos

/ˈdiːmɒs/
noun
1.
the people of a nation regarded as a political unit
2.
(rare) the common people; masses
Word Origin
C19: from Greek: the populace; see deme

demo

/ˈdɛməʊ/
noun (informal) (pl) -os
1.
short for demonstration (sense 4)
2.
  1. a demonstration record or tape, used for audition purposes
  2. a demonstration of a prototype system
3.
(US) short for demonstrator (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for demos

demo

n.

short for demonstration (tape, disc, etc.). Music recording given out for promotional purposes, 1963. The word was used earlier to mean "a public political demonstration" (1936).

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Slang definitions & phrases for demos

Demo

adjective

: the Dem boss/ Demo congressmen

noun

A Democrat (first form 1840+, second 1793+)


demo

modifier

: Let's try the demo disk

noun
  1. A record or tape made to demonstrate the abilities of musicians, the quality of a song, etc: Mark's got a good demo to pitch the new song with (1950s+)
  2. A computer disk or tape cassette made to demonstrate the abilities of a particular program: I tried out their software demo before I bought their package (1980s+)
  3. A demonstration of protest or other conviction, esp by a large crowd with banners, etc: a no-nukes demo (1936+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for demos

demo

demonstration
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