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nickelodeon

[nik-uh-loh-dee-uh n] /ˌnɪk əˈloʊ di ən/
noun
1.
an early motion-picture theater where a film or a variety show could be seen, usually for the admission price of a nickel.
2.
an early jukebox that was operated by inserting nickels.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; nickel (def 2) + (mel)odeon
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  • The nickelodeon machines on the left were coin operated phonographs.
British Dictionary definitions for nickelodeon

nickelodeon

/ˌnɪkəˈləʊdɪən/
noun (US)
1.
an early form of jukebox
2.
(formerly) a cinema charging five cents for admission
3.
(formerly) a Pianola, esp one operated by inserting a five-cent piece
Word Origin
C20: from nickel + (mel)odeon
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Word Origin and History for nickelodeon
n.

1888, "motion picture theater," from nickel "five-cent coin" (the cost to view one) + -odeon, as in Melodeon (1840) "music hall," ultimately from Greek oideion "building for musical performances" (see odeon). Meaning "nickel jukebox" is first attested 1938.

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