discotheque

[dis-kuh-tek, dis-kuh-tek]
noun
a nightclub for dancing to live or recorded music and often featuring sophisticated sound systems, elaborate lighting, and other effects.
Also, discothèque.
Also called disco.


Origin:
1950–55; < French discothèque. See disc, -o-, theca

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To discotheque
Collins
World English Dictionary
discotheque (ˈdɪskəˌtɛk)
 
n
the full name of disco
 
[C20: from French discothèque, from Greek diskos disc + -o- + Greek thēkē case]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

discotheque
borrowed 1954 from Fr. discothèque "nightclub with recorded music for dancing," also "record library," borrowed 1932 from It. discoteca "record collection, record library," coined 1927 from disco "phonograph record" + -teca "collection," probably on model of biblioteca "library."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The discotheque is outdoors, with dancers weaving around a pool.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;