demo

[ dem-oh ]
/ ˈdɛm oʊ /
Informal.

noun, plural dem·os.

a recording of a new song or of one performed by an unknown singer or singing group, distributed to disc jockeys, recording companies, etc., to demonstrate the merits of the song or performer.
demolition(def 1): He does flooring and demo for a living.

verb (used with object), dem·oed, dem·o·ing.

to try out or exhibit the use of (a product, process, or the like): You can demo the game without downloading or buying it.
to record (a song) to demonstrate the merits of the song or performer.

Nearby words

  1. demiurge,
  2. demiveg,
  3. demivierge,
  4. demivolt,
  5. demiworld,
  6. demo-,
  7. demob,
  8. demob suit,
  9. demob-happy,
  10. demobilize

Origin of demo

1935–40; by shortening; see -o

Demo

[ dem-oh ]
/ ˈdɛm oʊ /

noun, plural Dem·os. Informal.

a member of the Democratic Party; Democrat.

Origin of Demo

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95

demo-

a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “people” (democratic); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (demography).

Origin of demo-

< Greek dēmo-, combining form of dêmos

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British Dictionary definitions for demo

demo

/ (ˈdɛməʊ) /

noun plural -os informal

  1. a demonstration record or tape, used for audition purposes
  2. a demonstration of a prototype system

demo-

before a vowel dem-

combining form

indicating people or populationdemography

Word Origin for demo-

from Greek dēmos

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Word Origin and History for demo

demo

n.

short for demonstration (tape, disc, etc.). Music recording given out for promotional purposes, 1963. The word was used earlier to mean "a public political demonstration" (1936).

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