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[pee-uh-noh-luh] /ˌpi əˈnoʊ lə/
a brand of player piano.
(lowercase) Bridge. a hand, as a laydown, that is very easy to play.
(lowercase) something that is very easy to do or accomplish. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Pianola has done it, and done the same thing in thousands of other cases.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • Then I remembered; and I came home and almost decided to sell the Pianola.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • All larger presents (of the motor-car, Pianola and sewing-machine variety) to be sold by auction for the National Relief Fund.

  • It was as if he had been a Pianola and somebody had inserted a new record.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • I reached the crowd about the piano—well, everybody has seen a Pianola!

    The Champagne Standard Mrs. John Lane
  • Stephen stands at the Pianola on which sprawl his hat and ashplant.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • There is one lamp and one table, and one stove, and unless papa plays the Pianola there is nothing to do but talk.

  • Such conversation as there is, is amply accompanied by the Pianola and the gramophone.

    The Champagne Standard Mrs. John Lane
  • And the Pianola—a piano which you could play without even knowing your notes—What a clever invention!

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • My first experience of the Pianola was at the Universal Provider's.

    The Champagne Standard Mrs. John Lane
British Dictionary definitions for Pianola


trademark a type of mechanical piano in which the keys are depressed by air pressure from bellows, this air flow being regulated by perforations in a paper roll Also called player piano
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pianola



c.1896, trademark name (1901) of a player piano, from piano, the ending perhaps abstracted from viola and meant as a diminutive suffix. The pianola's popularity led to a rash of product names ending in -ola, especially Victrola (q.v.), and slang words such as payola.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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