drive-in

[ drahyv-in ]
/ ˈdraɪvˌɪn /

noun

a place of business or public facility designed to accommodate patrons who sit in their automobiles, as a movie theater with an outdoor screen facing the parking area or a restaurant where servers bring food out to be eaten in the parked automobiles.

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of such an establishment: Drive-in business far exceeded walk-in business.

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Origin of drive-in

An Americanism first recorded in 1925–30; noun, adjective use of verb phrase drive in
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British Dictionary definitions for drive-in

drive-in

adjective

denoting a public facility or service designed to be used by patrons seated in their carsa drive-in bank

noun

mainly US and Canadian a cinema designed to be used in such a manner
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