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or dis·co·thèque

[dis-kuh-tek, dis-kuh-tek]
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  1. a nightclub for dancing to live or recorded music and often featuring sophisticated sound systems, elaborate lighting, and other effects.
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Origin of discotheque

From the French word discothèque, dating back to 1950–55. See disc, -o-, theca
Also called disco.
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  1. the full name of disco
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Word Origin

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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