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Pianola

[pee-uh-noh-luh]
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Trademark.
  1. a brand of player piano.
noun
  1. (lowercase) Bridge. a hand, as a laydown, that is very easy to play.
  2. (lowercase) something that is very easy to do or accomplish.
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Examples from the Web for pianola

Historical Examples

  • For three months the pianola has not been played by either of us.

    Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 25, 1914

    Various

  • I looked at the pianola and then I said to Celia, "I must play it once again."

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

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • Then I remembered; and I came home and almost decided to sell the pianola.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • The pianola has done it, and done the same thing in thousands of other cases.

    The Pianolist

    Gustav Kobb


British Dictionary definitions for pianola

Pianola

noun
  1. 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 rollAlso called: player piano
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pianola

n.

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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