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[drahyv-in] /ˈdraɪvˌɪn/
a motion-picture theater, refreshment stand, bank, or other public facility designed to accommodate patrons in their automobiles.
of, relating to, or characteristic of such an establishment:
Drive-in business far exceeded walk-in business.
Origin of drive-in
1925-30, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase drive in Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drive-in
  • They see a drive-in movie screen in the distance, which the narrator mistakes for an angelic visitation.
  • When the bank pulled out, the family whose drive-in was destroyed by heavy winds bought the building with their insurance money.
  • The number of amenities available to drive-in campers depends on the campground.
  • Another blatant oversight is leaving a neon sign brightly lit after a violent tornado thrashes a drive-in movie theater.
  • There is no need to speak of the automobile, superb for drive-in banking, exasperating for other uses.
  • No other restaurant type has a closer affiliation with the car than the drive-in restaurant.
British Dictionary definitions for drive-in


denoting a public facility or service designed to be used by patrons seated in their cars: a drive-in bank
(mainly US & Canadian) a cinema designed to be used in such a manner
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Word Origin and History for drive-in

in reference to of restaurants, banks, etc., 1929; from drive (v.) + in. Of movie theaters by 1933 (the year the first one opened, in Camden, N.J.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for drive-in



: drive-in bank/ drive-in church/ drive-in movie


A place where one eats, watches movies, worships, etc, while sitting in one's parked car (1930+)

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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