or dis·co·thèque

[dis-kuh-tek, dis-kuh-tek]


a nightclub for dancing to live or recorded music and often featuring sophisticated sound systems, elaborate lighting, and other effects.

Nearby words

  1. discordance,
  2. discordancy,
  3. discordant,
  4. discordant alternation,
  5. discordia,
  6. discotomy,
  7. discount,
  8. discount broker,
  9. discount house,
  10. discount market

Origin of discotheque

From the French word discothèque, dating back to 1950–55. See disc, -o-, theca

Also called disco.

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British Dictionary definitions for discotheque



the full name of disco

Word Origin for discotheque

C20: from French discothèque, from Greek diskos disc + -o- + Greek thēkē case

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Word Origin and History for discotheque



1954 as a French word in English; nativized by 1965, from French discothèque "nightclub with recorded music for dancing," also "record library," borrowed 1932 from Italian discoteca "record collection, record library," coined 1927 from disco "phonograph record" + -teca "collection," probably on model of biblioteca "library."

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