[ nik-uh-loh-dee-uh n ]
/ ˌnɪk əˈloʊ di ən /


an early motion-picture theater where a film or a variety show could be seen, usually for the admission price of a nickel.
an early jukebox that was operated by inserting nickels.

Origin of nickelodeon

1885–90, Americanism; nickel (in the sense of “coin”) + (mel)odeon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nickelodeon


/ (ˌnɪkəˈləʊdɪən) /

noun US

an early form of jukebox
(formerly) a cinema charging five cents for admission
(formerly) a Pianola, esp one operated by inserting a five-cent piece

Word Origin for nickelodeon

C20: from nickel + (mel) odeon
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